Zimbabwe spinner desperate for international cricket June 15, 2006

Price sets sights on England

Cricinfo staff



'You miss it. It's a bit like eating cod and then having to go back and eat sardines' © Getty Images
Ray Price, the former Zimbabwe left-arm spinner now playing for Worcestershire, has set his sights on playing international cricket again - for England.

"My best years are still to come," Price told the Press Association. "You learn so much with all those experiences you have gained from when you are younger. I just wish I could go back five or six years with the same mental approach I have now and apply it."

Joining the likes of Heath Streak in rebelling against Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), Price chose to resume his playing career in England where he was eligible to play for Worcestershire under the Kolpak scheme. Making his debut in 2004, he is nearly halfway through a four-year qualifying period to play for England.

"You sit and watch the Test matches and one-day internationals, I really miss that, playing in the heat of battle, enjoying yourself in front of a large crowd and being under pressure the whole time," he said.

"You miss it. It's a bit like eating cod and then having to go back and eat sardines. Once you have tasted it, there is nothing like it.

"This is my second full year at Worcester. I have got two years after this and then I am qualified for England when I'll still only be 32, 33 which is nothing for a spinner.

"Look at Shaun Udal who is in his late 30s. I think it is really great that England gave Udal a go in India. He bowled so well on that India tour and it just showed that he has got so much experience under his belt."

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