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Former Kent captain Sam Northeast says he still harbours ambitions to play for England after hitting record knock of 410 for Glamorgan

Former Kent skipper Sam Northeast admits he still harbours ambitions of playing for England one day after his historic knock for Glamorgan.

Northeast, who captained Kent from 2015 before leaving for Hampshire in 2018, hit 410 not out - the third highest score in County Championship history - last week as Glamorgan thrashed Leicestershire by an innings and 28 runs.

Former Kent captain Sam Northeast. Picture: Gary Browne
Former Kent captain Sam Northeast. Picture: Gary Browne

His score was the highest in the Championship since Brian Lara's 501 not out for Warwickshire in 1994 and the best of the 21st century.

And after his record-breaking innings, the 32-year-old, who grew up in Walmer, near Dover, and was born in Ashford, told The Daily Mail he has not given up on playing for England just yet.

“Of course, it crosses your mind," he said. "It's probably been and gone at times, but you just never know. It would be a dream of mine to put on an England shirt.

“But the most important thing is to play as well as I can do, win games of cricket for Glamorgan and see what happens.

“It's been nice to create something special over the last few days and I will always have that as something I can look back on really fondly and be proud of.”

Northeast’s stunning innings was the highest score by an Englishman in first-class cricket since the 19th century and placed himself ninth among all-comers, joining the likes of West Indies great Lara and Sir Donald Bradman who also has a quadruple century to his name - an unbeaten 452 for New South Wales in 1930.

“Just looking at the list of players who have scored 400 before, there are some greats of the game,” reflected Northeast.

“It was a special day and to top it off with a win makes it a game I will remember forever, for sure.

“When I came off at lunch, I remember just looking at Matt Maynard, the coach, and thinking: ‘What has just happened here?’

“'It was beyond my wildest imagination.

“Even saying it back, it doesn't really seem true. It's almost fantasy land.”

Former team-mate Sam Billings, who replaced Northeast as Kent captain, wrote on Twitter: “Wow! Unbelievable.”

Since leaving Kent, Northeast had loan spells with Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire while at Hampshire before joining Glamorgan in October on a three-year deal.

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