Silverwood determined to cement Test position

CHRIS SILVERWOOD touched down in Tasmania determined to make the most of his opportunity on this Ashes tour, even if that signals the end of county team-mate Matthew Hoggard’s run in England’s Test line-up.

Yorkshire fast bowler Silverwood, flown in as a replacement for Simon Jones after his ruptured cruciate ligament injury during the first Test, joined the squad for the first time in Hobart aiming to make an impact in the short time he has available to impress England's management.

Silverwood is expected to be named alongside Steve Harmison and Alex Tudor in Friday's team to face Australia A, with all three fighting it out to replace Jones in England's second Test line-up in Adelaide on November 21.

Selected after impressing chairman of selectors, David Graveney, during the recent Hong Kong Sixes tournament, where England lost in the final to Pakistan, Silverwood is well aware he is last in the pecking order for a Test place behind his two rivals.

But friend and Yorkshire team-mate Hoggard is struggling, claiming nought for 164 during the 384-run first Test mauling at the Gabba and claiming only two wickets in the last three Tests.

Thus, there could be another place available when England assemble at the Adelaide Oval next week.

Silverwood's last Test appearance for England was almost three years ago, during the final Test victory over South Africa in Centurion.

"The only real chance I've got is this game on Friday, but if you've got a chance you've got to take it. It's up to me to force my way in and if I'm bowling well, then hopefully the chance will come along so it's basically in my own hands."

Silverwood, who was last involved in an England squad prior to the third Test against Australia at Trent Bridge a little more than a year ago, is also well aware that if he performs well this week, he could increase the chances of Hoggard being dropped in Adelaide.

"We've known each other for a long time and we're good mates and I suppose it's possible I could take his place, but I'm going to have to bowl very well to take his spot.

"He's done superbly well in the last couple of years.

"I'd have liked to have had another opportunity since South Africa but that's life, there's nothing you can do about it."

He owes his call-up, which came just four days after his return from Hong Kong, to his ability to produce exceptionally quick deliveries as he demonstrated in South Africa three winters ago when he hit Darryl Cullinan on the helmet with a delivery timed at 95mph in Port Elizabeth.

Silverwood is not just about speed, though, and has learnt the need for accuracy as well a discipline which England failed to master during their first Test hammering in Brisbane.

"I'm a bit older now and I've matured a bit and I've learned to do that more than I did."

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