Stone is hoping for claims at test and world championships in England
Olly Stone is still working on his place in the pace of England, while in the coming month he balances hopes of a trial debut in the West Indies with the difficult prospect of pushing his way back to the World Cup standings.
Stone received his first senior call-up for the tour through Sri Lanka for Christmas, played four one-day internationals before he signed up for a test moment because the Test side included a 3-0 series whitewash.
Missing at spider-friendly places in Galle, Kandy and Colombo was perhaps not the worst for the vibrant 25-year-old, but because it's overlooked because of the ODI's in the Caribbean, a girls outfit in England is a priority as he is to continue his upward trajectory.
Stone has been identified as one of the players who could add poison to the arsenal at the seam of England, a problem that was identified after the 2017/18 axis and that remains to be solved, but with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran also involved, he must first earn his place.
After the preparations he started with a comprehensive training session at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados, and he said: "I would really like to have played in Sri Lanka, but the team did so well and to win the series, 3 -0 means the sides they went in with the right one.
"It would have been nice to play, but I learned a lot from the field and if I get a chance here, I can show what I have learned.
Olly Stone hopes to exchange Warwickshire's whites for those of England in the West Indies (Simon Cooper / PA)
"I have signed my first one-day shirt by all boys as something to remember, I get it framed and on the wall, but a test shirt next to it would be great, if not, I'll just work hard and try take a lot of my time in the nets. "
Despite being in line to bring some hostility to the bowling attack, Stone speaks almost without an edge, just as happy to learn from Anderson and Broad as trying to drive them away.
The pair has the small issue of 998 test skins and has helped their new team mate to sharpen the focus of time in the nets.
"You learn a lot from the older players," said Stone. "It's hard to get away without improving, my mental game is getting better and my skills are being supplemented.
"It's more about training with a goal, even if you just play two overs, make them up with how you go into a match, be specific and make the most of your time."
There was a surprise when Stone was detained for the longer format in the West Indies and was removed from the 50-over-games, mainly because of his good start in Sri Lanka.
The next time England names a squadron, it will be their 15th World Cup and although that makes Stone a solid outsider, he keeps hope.
"It was disappointing to be left out of consideration, but the boys have done so well over the past year and a half that they have earned the right to be inside," he added. "All that is needed is someone to get hurt or something and you're right inside, you never know, I work hard and I would not say my chance is over."
He has at least the advantage of friends in high places, with his former boss from Warwickshire, Ashley Giles, who has recently been installed as Cricket Director of the Cricket Board of England and Wales. Giles is a recognized lawyer from Stone and one of his last acts in Edgbaston was to finalize a new contract to keep him at the club.
"We tried to get it settled for the last few months and to get it sorted before Ash went well," said Stone.
"It is a great job he has come in and I am sure he will do well, I wish him the best."
Asked whether Giles & # 39; own description of itself as a & # 39; disciplinarian & # 39; knocked, added Stone: & # 39; I think he takes his work seriously and does not like anything to get in the way. So I would think it. "
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