Batsman Ben Duckett is hopeful a recall to the England Lions squad will facilitate a return to the Test XI.
Duckett has been included in the Lions’ squad for early next year’s tour of India.
He played four Tests in 2016, but since then has not featured after being disciplined for pouring beer over teammate James Anderson.
‘It’s in the past. What’s done is done, but I have definitely changed. Getting in trouble for something off the pitch is more frustrating than going through a lack of runs. That is something I could’ve controlled,’ Duckett told Sportsmail.
‘I know now that I want my cricket to do the talking. I don’t want off-field meetings getting in the way again – 100% I have learned from it. Going forward I want to score runs, enjoy being in an England shirt again and try to get myself back around the full England squad.’
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The hard-hitting 24-year-old was recently in South Africa, where he played nine matches for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the inaugural Mzansi Super League.
‘It’s big to be recalled, but it will be bigger for me to get out there and show what I can do,’ he added.
‘If I am brutally honest with myself, I haven’t put in the performances during the last 12 months, so to have that call is great. To be backed when I have not been in form is really nice.’