Tom Haines hopes a winter trip to India can help him enjoy a high-scoring season.

But the Sussex opener is keeping any thoughts of an England call firmly in the background.

Haines made 133 at Hove in the season-opener against Northants.

The tenth first-class hundred of his career helped Sussex reach 351-6 at stumps on day three, trailing by 20.

He said: "I'm very pleased and to get a hundred in the first game of the year is very special.

“Last year wasn't an awful season for me, just a below-par one, but it made me more hungry to work hard during the winter.

“The ECB sent a few batters to Mumbai in January to work on spin and that was really beneficial to my game.

“We worked on playing spin and giving myself more options to score against spin which is something I felt I needed to work on.

“Last year there was a bit of talk about England and I got a bit distracted, so I'm just focussing on scoring as many runs as I can.

"It was brilliant batting today with James Coles.

“He took the attack to them straight away which eased the pressure on the team.

“He played beautifully and is going to be an important player for us this season."