WORCESTERSHIRE head coach Kevin Sharp has urged Joe Clarke to continue producing big scores and “keep knocking on the door” for an England spot.

Clarke was not in the squad for next Thursday’s first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s after being touted for a call-up in some parts of the media in recent days.

The England Lions batsman scored back-to-back hundreds against Surrey at the Kia Oval and Essex at Blackfinch New Road to bolster his claims.

But instead Shrewsbury-born Clarke turns his attention to Worcestershire Rapids’ Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, beginning with Saturday’s home encounter against Derbyshire Falcons (11am).

Sharp said: “It is scores that count and if you make runs consistently you get noticed.

“People notice people who make hundreds and Joe’s hundreds against Surrey and Essex would have been noticed.

“It’s the best way of doing it and it’s a case of ‘back it up, back it up, back it up’.

“Joe has backed it up twice now. Do it again and again and again. Keep producing and the opportunity will come.

“He hasn’t got in this time and will be disappointed because playing for his country is what he wants.

“But the best thing to do is keep knocking on the door.”

Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali was also not part of the squad after being left out of the side for the second and final Test in New Zealand last month.

Moeen's Royal Challengers Bangalore side play Tom Moody's Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL today with the County ace having forced his way into the side.

He has played the last three matches and helped Challengers defeat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets.

Moeen (1-13) dismissed top scorer Aaron Finch for 26 as Punjab were bowled out for just 88.