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Age doesn't matter for Gareth Batty

Gareth Batty (centre) led Surrey team to Royal London One-Day Cup final
Gareth Batty (centre) led Surrey team to Royal London One-Day Cup final
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Surrey off-spinner Gareth Batty is confident of making the most of his recall to the England Test side in the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Batty, who turns 39 next month, was named in the 17-member England Test squad against Bangladesh after making his last appearance in the format in June 2005 against the same opposition.

Batty along with Zafar Ansari has been included as the back-up for the front-line England spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, taking into account the spin friendly conditions in the sub-continent.

With the Indian tour not far behind, Batty will have a golden chance to cement his place in the England squad on what looks like the final stage of his career after playing seven Tests previously and snaring 11 wickets.

Stating it is an honour to represent the country, Batty is not concerned about his age being in the wrong side of 30s.

"I got the call from James Whitaker on Tuesday night and obviously it's an absolute honour, a privilege - all the clichés!" he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"It doesn't matter whether you're 19 or 38, it's a wonderful call to get.

"Whatever is required, I feel in a decent place with my cricket and if there is anything I can do other than that, as I say, I'll be doing whatever is required."

Meanwhile, Ansari insisted that even though England have picked four spinners in the squad, the role of fast bowlers can never be discounted especially with the reverse swing coming into play.

The 24-year-old was earlier named in the England squad for the tour of United Arab Emirates but a thumb injury had ruled him out of the series.

"We've taken four spinners for a reason: it's meant to spin," said Ansari. "But I think we have to play it by ear.

"There are a lot of good cricketers in the squad, a lot of good fast bowlers and they're going to want to keep their places in the side so it's going to be a case of seeing what's in front of us and playing the conditions.

"It would mean a huge amount [to make my Test debut]. I missed out this time last year through injury and that gave me extra incentive to get there again. Hopefully, over the next few months, I'll get that chance - it'd be great."

England are scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals and two Tests against Bangladesh between 7th October and 1st November.

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