LIAM Dawson is refusing to dwell on his absence from England’s Ashes assignment as he prepares to spend his winter in Asia rather than Australia.

The Calne all-rounder made his home Test debut for his country this summer, playing in two matches of the series victory against South Africa, having made his opening appearance on the tour of India last winter.

But the Hampshire player was omitted from both England’s squad to tour Australia to contest the Ashes, which get under way next month, and England Lions’ training trip Down Under and is now focusing on his commitments with Chittagong Vikings in Bangladesh’s Premier League.

The 29 year old left-arm spinner told Hampshire’s website: “I bowled fairly well for Hampshire in red-ball cricket this year but when I played the two test matches for England I didn’t do myself justice.

“I didn’t bowl anywhere near as well as I know I can bowl which was disappointing but that’s just a part of sport.

“I didn’t really look too much into it. I imagine a lot of the Lions programme is red-ball cricket mirroring the Ashes squad so it wasn’t a huge shock.

“I’ve just got to keep improving and try to get in the next squad.”

Dawson, who claimed 31 Specsavers County Championship wickets at an average of 26.1 this summer, married his fiancee Sophie last weekend and is now preparing for his commitments in Bangladesh, which gets under way for the Vikings on November 5 against Comilla Victorians.

“I’m pleased to have signed for the Chittagong Vikings and excited for that which starts the first week of November,’’ added Dawson, who played in the competition for Rangpur Riders last winter.

“I played in the competition last year and it’s a great a tournament to be involved in with some big overseas players so it’ll be a good test.”