Keaton Jennings is hoping his move to Lancashire can help him return to the England Test team.
The 25-year-old has joined Lancashire from Durham and looks set to form an opening partnership with Haseeb Hameed when the County Championship begins on Friday.
Jennings is one of many batsmen to have opened with Alastair Cook for England in recent years, and even scored a century on debut in India.
However, diminishing returns in both Test and county cricket saw Jennings lose his place in the England side.
Asked about returning to the international fold, Jennings said: “It becomes a bit of a drug. That adrenaline when you arrive in the morning – there are TV cameras, crowds, all sorts going on.
“It becomes a proper adrenaline rush, a drug rush, you want it again and again. It’s a tough environment, ruthless and scary at times but it’s unbelievable to be a part of.”
Like Jennings, Hameed has also opened the batting for England – in fact, it was a finger injury he suffered on tour in India that gave the former Durham batsman his opportunity.
While the 21-year-old has also lost his place in the Test team, Jennings believes their new partnership can be “fantastic” and help them both to return to the fold.
He explained: “If you can get something off someone else and you push someone else a little better, it pushes you.
“If you can’t score runs you shouldn’t be playing – whoever that is, you need to score runs. That’s what England are looking for – putting in those match-winning performances.
“It might be a gritty 80 on a tough surface or the 300 that really drives your team up to winning positions. I don’t think it’s weird at all, I think it’s fantastic.”