Graham Onions: Durham hand England seamer benefit year

Onions not giving up on England career

Durham have awarded England seamer Graham Onions a benefit year for 2015.

The 32-year-old has taken 459 wickets, including 32 in nine Tests, since making his first-class debut in 2004.

During his time with the club, they won the County Championship for the first time in 2008, before retaining it and winning it again four years later.

"I'm immensely proud to be given a benefit year and feel I've contributed a lot, but still have lots more to give to the team," he told BBC Look North.

Durham seamer Graham Onions
Onions holds an impressive bowling average of 29.90 in Test matches

Born in Gateshead, Onions progressed through the Durham academy to secure a regular starting place in 2005.

He made his England debut as a 26-year-old against the West Indies, but has since been limited by persistent injury problems, though he was part of the squad that regained the Ashes in 2009.

This winter he will have a second back operation of his career in an effort to return to full fitness for next season.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm the sort of bloke who'll look back and think about what might have been if I'd managed to stay fit for longer," Onions added.

"But I'm a lad from near Gateshead who played nine Test matches for his country, if I play more great, if I don't then it was fantastic."

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