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May 3, 2009
Doug Bollinger's impressive five-wicket haul in Abu Dhabi on Friday has kept alive his chances of being part of the Ashes campaign. Bollinger, who took 5 for 35 in the series-sealing fourth game, hoped the performance could be the platform for an England tour.
"It is a dream [to play in the Ashes], every young cricketer in Australia wants to achieve that as it is the best competition Australia can play and every player wants to be successful there," he told AFP. "This can be it [the platform] but I just take it day by day. I get the next opportunity and make sure that I grab it with both hands and if it's the Ashes it would be great."
Bollinger made his Test debut on his home ground in Sydney in January, but he was not used during the following series in South Africa. The Ashes squad is due to be named this month for the campaign starting in Cardiff on July 8.
Bollinger was pleased to have played a part in the one-day series victory under Michael Clarke's leadership. "It's fantastic," Bollinger said after only his second ODI. "It is great to win the series and I am very excited and will remember this for my whole life."
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