SHOULD Toby Roland-Jones unearth a genie from a bottle anytime soon he won’t need all three wishes – he has just two targets ahead of Middlesex’s vital run in.
Fit again after the ankle problem which has blighted his 2013 campaign, the Seaxes quick would settle for staying clear of his injury jinx.
Then there is the small matter of a first County Championship title in 20 years to target.
Named in today’s XI to face Derbyshire, ‘TRJ’ knows he must hit his straps straight away in exciting times for the club.
He said: “Personally I would just be delighted if I could get a clear run to the end of the season and be available, hold down a regular spot and start getting among the wickets again.
“Hopefully it will all culminate with a title win.
“It is exciting for sure and where you want to be coming into this stage of the season. You want to be competing and it seems as if we have found a bit of form, pretty much since I’ve stopped playing.
“We’d hope to be pretty competitive against Derbyshire and if we can get a couple more wins we will really be up there.”
The 25-year-old started the season in blistering form with a career-best 6-63 in the win over Notts at Trent Bridge and followed that with a hat-trick against today’s opponents Derbyshire in the reverse fixture at Lords.
However, the ankle problem, which he admits to having played through at times have restricted him to just seven more Championship victims since those heady days in April.
It’s really the first glitch in a meteoric rise for Roland-Jones since his debut for the tenants of Lord’s in 2010 – a rise which saw him tour Australia with the England performance squad last winter.
For a man who was simply a club cricketer with Sunbury until four years ago, that tour marked the first time in his career the right-arm seamer had played 12 months continuous cricket.
He conceded it may have played a part in his injuries this year, but insisted he would trade the experience.
He added: “It has been a frustrating year, but that is sometimes how things go. I have been fortunate in my relatively short career so far that quite a few things have fallen my way and wickets have always seemed to be there for me.
“Maybe not having the extended break I am used to has played a part in the way things have gone this season, but for large parts of last winter when I was away, even though I was touring I was not actually able to play because I was doing rehab on my knee, so it was not as intense a winter as it could have been.
“In any case, being in the performance squad is the sort of thing you want to be involved with.
“It has been an ambition of mine for a long time, so to have fulfilled that is something which has given me great satisfaction really.”