Phil Salt has revealed how he slept through his “dream” England call-up.

The Sussex opener missed two calls from England selector Ed Smith after being drafted into the squad for a Twenty20 against Pakistan.

Salt, pictured, thought he was dreaming when he heard his mobile phone vibrate until Sussex coach Jason Gillespie brought him to his senses.

The Welsh opener did not play in the one-off international in Cardiff but was delighted to be around the squad.

He said: “I was having a nap and I heard my phone buzzing on my bedside table.

“It was sort of in my dream so I let it go through.

“Then it happened again and then it happened AGAIN, which woke me up a bit.

“It was Dizzy (Gillespie) and he was like, ‘I don’t want to be the one to tell you but Ed Smith is trying to get hold of you so pick your phone up’.

“I rang Ed Smith back and he said, ‘Who do you support in rugby union, Wales or England?’ “Obviously I said Wales and he said, ‘Good, me too’.

“Then he said, ‘You’re in the squad for Sunday, congratulations’, all that sort of stuff’.

“Then he told me the team manager would be in touch to finalise things and tell me where I needed to be at what time.

“It’s the stuff you dream of. My head was just spinning.”

Salt did not play but said he felt at home, helped by the presence of county colleagues Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer.

Now he has set sights on a return – and a playing role.

He said: “It was an unbelievable feeling, even though I didn’t get a game.

“To put the England kit on and look down and see the Three Lions was pretty special.

“Eoin Morgan (England captain) said for the boys who are not in the 50-overs stuff for England, ‘Go back to your counties and run your own race to get back into this dressing room’.

“Those words really resonate with me. It was a great experience.”