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Aaron hopes for county stint

India fast bowler Varun Aaron hopes a busy schedule will not deny him the chance to ply his trade in county cricket.

Aaron would love to follow compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara into the English domestic game, the batsman having recently agreed to join Derbyshire for the rest of the season.

India's Test series did not go well, but Aaron showed spells of promise and great pace, picking up three wickets in his first appearance at Old Trafford, where he also famously broke Stuart Broad's nose with a bouncer that went through the helmet.

The right-armer, who made his Test debut in 2011 but has battled several injury woes, ended the series with figures of five for 250 in two matches, but the 3-1 defeat prompted thoughts of India's stars getting county games under their belt in a bid to improve in overseas conditions.

Captain MS Dhoni appeared in favour of the same and Pujara kick-started that trend on Saturday, penning a deal with Derbyshire as an overseas player for the final four weeks of the LV= County Championship season.

Aaron himself played against Derbyshire and Leicestershire during India's pre-Test warm-ups and is eager for one of the counties to snap him up as well.

"Playing county cricket is one of those things that is high on my priority list," Aaron said.

"The cricket in England is very competitive because the conditions don't favour either the batsmen or bowlers too much.

"It's just that we've got such a busy schedule, so it's difficult for me to slot in a stint with a county.

"But if we have an early IPL next time, then I would definitely look forward to playing county cricket, at least for half a season."

"I think I've played enough in England - I've been here two months - so I have a decent understanding of English conditions.

"English conditions are quite testing for everybody involved in the game, for bowlers and batsmen. So I'm really looking forward to playing in England as it will help me develop as a cricketer."