Matt Parkinson described how he felt when he was left out from the white-ball series at the start of the summer. He admitted that he felt “gutted” when he was overlooked. Parkinson was left out from the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka last month. Parkinson, who is currently playing in the ongoing series against Pakistan, also said that playing for the team would have been a far-fetched thing for him a month back.
He spent three long months on the road in restrictive bio-secure conditions and received no call-ups for any international games. Spinner Liam Dawson was preferred over him for the Sri Lanka series.
“Obviously I was gutted,” the 24-year-old legspinner said on Monday. “I didn’t ask for any feedback – I was sort of hoping it was about letting me play a bit in the Blast, and not come and carry drinks. That was how I tried to look at it. Sometimes if you look at things too closely, you can get down very easily, and I think I probably used it as momentum to perform for Lancashire.
Parkinson clinched a single wicket conceding 25 runs in Sunday’s game at Headingley, which ended with England’s 45-run victory to level the three-match T20I series against Pakistan by 1-1.
“It’s funny how cricket works. A month ago, I probably would never have thought I’d have played for England this summer, so to have played for the past two weeks have been great – if you’d told me two weeks ago I’d have played five internationals for England this summer and taken some wickets I’d have probably laughed at you. I think the reason I’ve done well is that I tried to use it as a bonus. I didn’t really have this on my radar.”
In the past two weeks, Parkinson has picked up six wickets across five international matches.
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