Lincoln-born bowler Andy Carter confident he can catch England's eye this summer
Andy Carter says Trent Bridge is providing him with the best shop window in the country as he tries to force his way into the senior England set-up in 2013.
The Lincoln-born seamer enjoyed another impressive campaign with Nottinghamshire last season.
Carter shone for Notts in all forms of the game and, crucially, stayed free of injury, which disrupted the early part of his first-class career.
Having been called up by England Lions and ECB Performance Squads, the senior England team is within his sights.
But with the battle to break into the Alastair Cook's Test and one-day team and Stuart Broad's Twenty20 outfit so intense, the 'Bardney Bullet' is ready to bide his time.
"I always dream about playing for England. At 24, there's no point playing the game if I don't want to play for England," said the former Lincolnshire Minor Counties bowler.
"I'm playing at the best seaming ground in the country and, in my opinion, working with the best coaching staff in the country, so I'm in the right place.
"The (England) selectors have their meetings there. You're always in their eye with people like Broady, Swanny (Graeme Swann), Samit (Patel) and Alex Hales so they (the selectors) are often around.
"My way in would more likely be in one-day cricket. Hopefully I can force my way in there."
While out and out pace is one of his key weapons, Carter insists he wants to be picked on the back of his performances for Notts alone.
"I would rather be picked for performances rather than someone thinking 'he's fast, let's get in the team'," he added.
Carter does not believe he would benefit greatly from attending more Performance Squads, given the uniqueness of his bowling action.
"My action is so unique and there aren't many coaches who have bowled with an action like that," said Carter.
"I don't know if I'm going to benefit much from going on bowling camps.
"I like to do things off my own back and with people I trust rather then letting loads of people have a look and trying to change it.
"I'd rather stay at Notts, do my thing and hopefully it will come my way."
As he pursues an England place, Carter is drawing inspiration from former team-mate Chris Wright.
After being released by Essex in 2011, the seamer helped Warwickshire to the County Championship title last year after taking 62 wickets.
Wright is now on the national Performance Programme and closing in on a England call-up.
"England have done a really good job of bringing these lads through. There are a few lads who have been with the Lions who have come from nowhere," said Carter.
"Look at Chris Wright. I played with him when I was on loan at Essex, who then released him.
"Now he's one of the best bowlers in the country in all forms of the game."
"I've just got to keep knocking on the door."