Published: 13th September, 2017
Surrey and England opener Mark Stoneman is focused on maintaining his current Specsavers County Championship form for Surrey.
With selection for this winter’s Ashes series to come at the end of the county season, Stoneman made an immediate impression on his return from Test duty with 131 on the first day of Surrey’s match with Yorkshire.
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Although Stoneman can now call himself a Test cricketer, he insists he is fully concentrated on building on his county form in the remainder of the season.
He said: “Playing in those Tests was an unbelievable experience. It’s what I’ve dreamed of doing all my career and it’s what you play the game for. As for this winter’s tour, I’ve just got to try to score as many runs as I can for Surrey in these closing weeks of the season and hopefully things will go my way when selection comes around.”
Stoneman’s 131 came on an excellent day for Surrey as they ended on 398/3 with Kumar Sangakkara and Ben Foakes unbeaten at the crease on 85 and 64 respectively.
“It was a great day for us. We knew, with a 10.30 start, that the ball might do a bit early on but that it would get easier if we could get through that. So to get that opening partnership going with Rory set us up really nicely and then both Kumar and Ben kept it going well at the end of the day,” said Stoneman at the close.
There will be a live stream of every remaining day of play at the Kia Oval in the Specsavers County Championship this season on kiaoval.com.