Exciting young cricketer Tom Moores is hoping to cap a breakthrough year with a starting berth at the Under 19s World Cup.
The wicket-keeper batsman, from Wymeswold, flew out to Sri Lanka last week with the England Under 19s for a tri-series against the hosts and India.
The series will effectively help selectors decide the final squad for the World Cup in Bangladesh which begins next month.
Moores is one of two wicket-keepers in the tri-series squad, alongside Ryan Davies, but believes his prowess with the bat could earn him a place even if he is not required behind the stumps.
“One of my main strengths is making runs so I could get in there as a batter as well, even if they pick Ryan,” he said.
“In the modern game that aspect is massive for a wicket-keeper.
“I remember watching Notts against Surrey last summer and there were four keepers playing in the Surrey side.”
The under 19s begin the series tomorrow against India and face three further matches in eight days, and a potential final. The World Cup squad will then be announced three days before Christmas.
“The World Cup is the pinnacle of under 19s cricket and everyone wants to get in so I hope I can put some performances in,” Moores added.
“No-one really knows who will be chosen. Everything can change very quickly, but I feel confident within myself and back my ability to get into the squad and into that team.
“If you don’t have that mindset you are halfway to not being selected.”
Moores, who came through the Leicestershire age group sides before moving to Trent Bridge last year, was helped in his preparation by impromptu coaching in Dubai with former Notts and England wicketkeeper Bruce French.
He said: “It took me by surprise. I got a random phone call from (England under 19s head coach) Andy Hurry who told me I was going out with the Lions to prepare for Sri Lanka.
“To do some training on my technique with Bruce French was unbelievable, and to be around that set-up was amazing.”
Moores was then whisked away to Sharjah to spend some priceless time with the senior England squad.
“I then got to work with Johnny Bairstow and have a chat with him and Jos (Buttler).
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“To get a feel of that and see how they go about their business - there is no better way.
“That’s where I want to be heading. To get a taste of it at 19 gives you that hunger and drive.”
The 19-year-old, son of former England coach Peter, has been in sparkling form this summer for Nottinghamshire’s Second XI.
His season peaked with a well-timed century in the Second XI Championship final against Middlesex which steered Notts to the title.
The match-winning feat helped secure his place in the England U19s squad for the ODI series with Australia.
Moores had to wait until the final match for a starting spot, but crucially he was there at the end with captain Brad Taylor to take the hosts across the finish line.
“It was a great experience playing against the Aussies and it was good to have a look at them with the World Cup coming up,” he added.
“I went in and kept well and then Brad and I finished the game off.
“But the Second XI final was the highlight of my season.
“Through the season I had done a few bits, but if I was going to get a 100 that was probably the best time.”