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Footitt: Hopefully there’s plenty more to come

MarkFootittMark Footitt was delighted with his career-best day as the left-arm seamer reached 50 first-class wickets in the season for the first time on Day Two versus Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.

Figures of 6-48, his best in his first-class career, moved the 28-year-old passed the 50-wicket landmark for the first time yesterday, helping to dismiss Glamorgan for 175 and set the hosts 73 for victory.

Footitt says it was a special day for him and he was happy to play his part in a good all-round bowling performance, but insists there’s still plenty more to come.

“It was nice. Something clicked early on and it was nice to get the first five wickets and hopefully help the team win the game,” Footitt said.

“You do look at the wickets you’ve got but you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. Before the last game, 50 felt like miles away and at the start of this game I was six wickets away.

“When you get there, it almost takes you by surprise. It’s not sunk in properly yet.

“You set out to take as many wickets as you can and hopefully I’ll just continue doing that for the team.

“Last year was a good year and I wanted it to be even better this year. Graeme Welch has helped me a lot and it’s basically doing simple things. It seems like it’s working.

“But hopefully there’s still plenty more to come. I feel like I am in good rhythm and staying fit has been a big thing. By the end of the season you never know what is going to happen.”

Footitt revealed that he was recently asked to go to Loughborough to bowl at England’s batsmen before the current Test series against India, and Footitt hasn’t given up on hopes on a possible future international call-up.

“I’d love to [play for England],” he added. “I think anyone who plays first-class cricket wants to play for their country.

“When India were here, I had a bit of a break so they asked if I would go down and have a bowl. I was happy to go because you never know what might come from it.

“It was good practice for me and it’s always nice when people are saying nice things about you but I might get something else out of it or I might not. You can only give yourself a chance.

“It would be nice but if it doesn’t come along, at least I know I’ve given myself the best chance of making it happen. I’m just concentrating on doing well for Derbyshire and if anything else comes, that will be a bonus.”

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