Matt Hunn has conceded he has still not come to terms with his maiden five-wicket first-calss haul as he dreams of representing England.
The former Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk player hit the national headlines at the end of last week after achieving the feat for Kent against a touring Australia side in their match ahead of the impeding Ashes Series.
And after dismissing the likes of Australian captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson to finish with figures of 5-99, the 21-year-old, who also finished with an unbeaten 18 with the bat, revealed his ambition to make a similar impact for the national side in the future.
“It was amazing and I still can’t believe I managed to take five wickets against some of the best batsmen in the world,” said Hunn, who was playing in only his fourth first-class match,
“It was a huge shock to finish with the figures that I did and I feel lucky that I was given the chance to play.
“It is definitely nice to have people talking about my performance and it was great to be able to do it against such big opposition.
“Playing for England is definitely the main dream of mine.
“I think every little kid who gets into cricket wants to play at the highest level possible and I am no different.
“Playing for my country is the aim because I look to try and set my goals as high as possible.
“However, I know I have a lot to learn to learn still but if I can keep progressing and working hard then hopefully I’ll be able to play for England one day.”
However despite his lofty ambitions, Hunn is well aware that his main focus for the near future has to be to force his way into the Kent first team before dreaming of international recognition.
“It has been a bit tough not to be playing as much as I would have liked this year because that is the challenge I want, I want to be there,” he added.
“It has been slightly frustrating but hopefully this performance will catch the attention and will allow me to build on it and nail down a place in the Kent side.
“I think my name might be out there a bit more now and I have felt good all year so hopefully by impressing I will be given more opportunities.
“I have that confidence in myself and that plays a massive part in performing well.
“However I know I am still young and have a lot of progression still to make so I will keep working hard and hopefully nail down a place in the Kent side.”
n Meanwhile, Hunn’s impressive haul capped off a memorable week for young Suffolk cricketers.
His stunning display came at the end of a week that also saw a youthful Suffolk side defeat Minor Counties rivals Norfolk for the first time in 15 years in the Unicorns Championship at Copdock.
That included Mildenhall youngster John Steel, who played a significant role in Suffolk’s thrilling two-wicket win. He followed on from a series of other youngsters being blooded by Suffolk including former Bury St Edmunds players Adam Mansfield, Sasha Ward and Tom Robotham in recent years.