Jason Molins has not given up hope of playing for Ireland again. The former Ireland captain - he led his country to the ICC Trophy final in 2005 but was only a reserve for the World Cup finals - is still playing in London and keeping in regular touch with the scene back home.

His former opening batting partner, Jeremy Bray, may be hinting at quitting the one-day game but Molins, at the age of 32, is still as keen as ever and, according to the man himself, 'playing as well as ever'.

Out of sight in club cricket in Brondsbury, he knows it will be difficult to force his way back into the international arena, particularly as he has not met National Coach Phil Simmons and, indeed, not one of the panel who named him in the final 20 for the World Cup, is still a selector.

But, quite rightly, he is asking if he was first batting reserve for a tournament which ended only six weeks ago why has he not been in the frame for this summer's action.

'I have no qualms about Kenny Carroll getting a chance after being in the squad for so long but when Eoin Morgan is not available who is the No 3?' asks Molins.

'I'm averaging 45, and playing as well as ever in a high standard. I normally open the batting but Billy Godleman, the Middlesex teenager who has broken into the county team, was available for us on Saturday so I dropped down to No 4 and was eight not out when we won by eight wickets. Paul Weekes, another player with lots of county experience, was in the opposition.

'I still feel I have plenty to offer, and what's wrong with a top three of (William) Porterfield, Bray (or Carroll) and Molins.'

Ireland's most-capped skipper believes that if he had been in the 15-man World Cup party he would have offered a more viable alternative to the opening batting slot.

Apart from the game against Bangladesh, I think the highest opening partnership was seven. The coach obviously didn't feel that Kenny Carroll could do any better than William or Jeremy but, maybe, with my experience he would have had a choice to try something different,' added Molins, who also answers criticism that he is not fit enough to be part of the Ireland set-up.

'I may not be, and never will be, Carl Lewis, but I was not the worst in the bleep tests when we did them in the Ireland team and I am as fit as I was at the start of last season.

'I have also been accused of being injured too often but looking at the injuries in the Ireland camp this season I wouldn't be the worst on that score either,' he claims.

'I will be only 34 at the next World Cup qualifier, hardly past it for a top order batsman, and would like another chance to prove I can still perform at international level.

'But, no-one has been in touch with me since I got a text message to tell me I hadn't made the World Cup squad so, for the moment, I must presume I'm not in their plans.'

He could just as easily have added, as a sacked football manager did this week: 'It is their loss'.