Essex fast bowler Reece Topley hopes his experience playing in the Under19s World Cup for England will give him an edge for their County Championship campaign, and build a platform for possible future international honours.
The 19 year old left-armer, who's preparing for his third full season in county cricket, took 17 wickets during the tournament in Australia last year.
"Playing with England Under 19s has been a massive help to my game,'' said Topley, who's also represented England Lions. ''When I was at the World Cup I showed that I could do what I can do on the international level.
''If you look at past players who have gone to that tournament and done well, they've gone on to do well in the full international scene. But that's not to say its a certainty. I know there's still a long way top go and a lot of graft.''
Topley says its also important to push himself if he's to continually improve.
'Its all about never being satisfied with yourself,'' Topley added. ''You can always strive for an extra delivery in your armoury as a bowler, or as a batsman you can always be a bit inventive. You can never stop learning and adding to your game.
''Some people would say I couldn't have wished for a better start to my career, but hopefully I can continue on that upward slope and don't plateau too early.
''I'm enjoying my cricket and I'm enjoing how things are going so really its all about enjoying playing my cricket for Essex''.