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Olly Stone impressed on England debut against Sri Lanka on Saturday with a fierce display of fast bowling, claiming his first international wicket when Niroshan Dickwella gloved a short ball to Jos Buttler
England celebrate Olly Stone's first international wicket
Olly Stone is dreaming about a World Cup call-up after a "whirlwind" 2018.
Stone impressed on England debut against Sri Lanka on Saturday with a fierce display of fast bowling, claiming his first international wicket when Niroshan Dickwella gloved a short ball to Jos Buttler.
It was fitting reward both for his performance in the game itself and for his perseverance in general. Stone forced his way into England reckoning after being sidelined for 18 months by an ACL injury, following a series of superb displays for his county Warwickshire this summer.
Now, although he appreciates it will not be an easy task, the 25-year-old is starting to let himself think about making the national squad for next year's home World Cup.
"It’s been crazy. When I got injured if someone had said that two-and-a-half years later you’d be playing for England, I would have snapped their hand off," he said.
Stone bowled with tremendous pace in Dambulla
"It is sort of a dream come true. It’s been a whirlwind few months and I’m just loving it. I’d love to (play in the World Cup). I’ve come into this tour not really knowing what to expect but the boys have been great and there is an opportunity to try to put your foot in the door.
"Hopefully from these few games I can put in a good performance and show what I can do."
Stone's pace and bounce presented major problems to Sri Lanka on Saturday, with Dickwella's wicket coming as a result of extra lift which took the batsman by surprise.
"It's always a nice feeling to see them ducking and diving. It is just nice to come in and show them what I can do," Stone said.
"In a game situation you run in and try to bowl as quickly as you can, smash that length and see if anything comes of it.
"It felt good. To get that bounce and a little bit of nibble is always nice to see."