Return to international arena thrills Graham Onions – Cricket News Update
Graham Onions, the 29-year-old pacer from Gateshead, was over the moon after he made his return to the English team in a Test match against the West Indies, being played at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Onions suffered a career threatening back injury in 2010; however, the pacer fought his way out of it and after putting some impressive performance for his County side Durham, has been drafted into England’s playing XI.
Terming the match as his “second debut”, Onions said, “A couple of years ago, I genuinely didn't think I was going to play cricket again. That just made today even more special. Today when I put that shirt on and my cap on, it
added to the nerves a little bit.. But it's good nerves, and I really, really enjoyed it. It's like a second debut really.”
Onions, a holder of eight Test caps, last featured for England against South Africa. The pacer picked the injury afterwards and had to undergo a surgery to save his career. Months of rehabilitation helped the bowler get back and
now he is looking forward to make up for the lost time.
Onions, who has a five-inch titanium bolt inserted near in his spine, overcame anxiety on Saturday and put up a great bowling performance by notching three wickets. However, the pacer had his heart in his mouth when Ian Bell dropped
a catch off his bowling.
Speaking about the dropped catch, Onions said, “I was thinking 'I've waited two years for that - just for that one moment there', and Ian obviously dropped it. But the amount of catching we do, it was a matter of time to get another
opportunity - which I was sure he would take. That first wicket back was special. Any Test wicket is, but to be playing for this England side is even more so.”
England has already clinched the three match Test series 2-0. The Poms decided to rest strike pacers Stuart Broad and James Anderson for the third Test and gave Steven Finn and Onions a go at the West Indian batsmen.
Both the pacers responded well to the call as they shared five wickets between them. At close of play on day three, England had dislodged eight West Indian batters for 280 runs on the board.