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Warwickshire's Will Porterfield eyes England Test spot

Will Porterfield
Porterfield has signed a three-year contract at Edgbaston

Warwickshire new boy Will Porterfield says he would surrender the Ireland captaincy if he had a realistic chance to play Test cricket for England.

The former Gloucestershire batsman has skippered Ireland since 2008, but they have not acquired Test status.

"It would obviously be a nice situation to be in if you're getting the call," Porterfield, 26, told BBC WM.

"I'm looking to play Test cricket so I think it's a call you'd be doing well to turn down."

Porterfield agreed a three-year contract to move up to Edgbaston earlier this week, and is looking to follow Bears batsmen Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott into the five-day game.

It's obviously sad to lose our players to England when you're trying to put out our best team

Will Porterfield

"I think it's where every cricketer wants to be, playing Test cricket and playing at the top level, and if that opportunity came along I'd be more than grateful to take that call," he added.

In recent years two other Irish cricketers have turned their back on their country to try to fulfil their England ambitions.

Sussex batsman Ed Joyce failed to make the step up from one-day internationals to the longer form of the game, but Eoin Morgan of Middlesex is heading to Australia with the Ashes party after a successful Test summer.

"It's obviously sad to lose our players to England when you're trying to put out your best team," Porterfield noted.

"But I think the lad's (Morgan) done fantastically well, he deserves to be where he is and playing at that top level week-in, week-out - I hope he gets a run in the Ashes series and does pretty well."

The left-handed opening batsman joins Ireland colleague Boyd Rankin at Warwickshire, and Porterfield he took advice from the fast bowler before signing is contract.

"I spoke to Boyd quite a bit when we got back from Abu Dhabi about the move up the road to Birmingham," he revealed.

"He was pretty complimentary about the county and said I wouldn't go too far wrong if I made the move - he had a quiet word in my ear and that obviously helped my choosing."

Porterfield is heading to Edgbaston next week to check out his new surroundings.



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