Liam Plunkett thinks that he has finally arrived on the international scene following his first five wicket haul against Sri Lanka on Friday.
Plunkett, who ripped through the Sri Lankan order with some skilful and hostile bowling with 5-64, also said that he feels he is just at the start of what may become a successful England career.
The Yorkshire fast bowling all-rounder said: “I want to perform at test level and to pick up a five-for I feel like I’ve done that today but I feel like it’s just the start.
I feel confident here whereas when you’re a bit younger you don’t, that’s where this dressing room is so good, everyone backs each other.”
He added: “18 months ago I never dreamt of this again and to get back in the test team I think it was important for me to show that I could perform at test level and I’m happy I did that today.
“I felt I bowled well last week on a slow flat wicket I felt I created chances today and I’m happy that I took the five.”
Despite a maiden five-wicket haul, Plunkett faced competition from Stuart Broad for the match ball. Broad took his second Test hat-trick as Sri Lanka lost four wickets in nine balls for just one run.
The former Durham man said that Broad wasn’t even aware of the feat: “I don’t think he even realised he’d got it, he was at mid-off and chucked me the ball when the announcement came on but he’s given me the ball, or I think he has anyway.
“I didn’t even ask I just took it.”
Plunkett, who dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne, Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirmanne, Dhammika Prasad and Shaminda Eranga, along with Broad helped bowl Sri Lanka out for 257 and England reached 36-0 at the close of play.