Footitt targets 50 wickets

01 January 2018 19:02:18 GMTPlus11

Former England Ashes squad member Mark Footitt has set himself a 50-wicket target for Nottinghamshire's return to the top flight of the County Championship.

Left-armer Footitt, who returned to the Midlands from Surrey for family reasons last summer, has proved to be prolific in Division Two in recent seasons - including 82 wickets in his stand-out year of 2014.

That form earned the 32-year-old a place in the 2015 Ashes party the following summer.

"For myself as an individual thing, it's the same old thing I'll be chasing," said Footitt. "You want to be taking 50 wickets in the Championship, playing as much as you can and not having any injuries that affect that.

"I also want to try to force my way into the T20 and one-day side. It's quite a hard side to get into, with the success they had last year, but there are openings.

"If I'm doing well then hopefully the coaching staff will think I can bring something different, like James Pattinson did last year in terms of a wicket-taking option.

"At Surrey, they literally told me I would be playing four-day cricket and that was it, but I didn't want to do that - I know I can do a decent job in one-day cricket."

Nottinghamshire have several changes for 2018 following the retirement of club captain Chris Read and return of Zimbabwean Brendan Taylor to international cricket.

Steven Mullaney will captain in Championship and Royal London Cup matches with Australian Dan Christian in charge of the defence of the NatWest Blast trophy.

Meanwhile, EnglandĀ areĀ 4.50 to win the fifth Test against Australia in Sydney.

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