Josh targets first team cricket in 2016
All rounder Josh Davey has returned to the County Ground.
When we spoke to him this week, the 25 year old, who made his first class debut for Somerset in this summer’s Tourist match against New Zealand, outlined what he has been up to since the season ended. “I have had four weeks chilling out,” he said “But now I’m ready to get going again. It’s always good to be back here at Taunton, seeing a few familiar faces and getting back into the gym.”
Reflecting on his season Josh said: “I was pretty happy with how 2015 went for me because my season started in January when I went away with Scotland. I started off by taking six for 28 against Afghanistan which was a world record in the ICC Associate competition and that set the tone for season.
“Then I went into the World Cup which was just a fantastic experience for me and I was a little bit surprised to get 15 wickets, but very happy. I came back here after that and started off pretty well. I took some wickets and scored a 100 and then made my first team debut against New Zealand which was just fantastic for me, and something I have been aspiring to for 18 months.”
Having signed a new two-year contract earlier in the autumn Josh has set his sights high for the coming year. “I have played a lot of one-day cricket,” he said. “So now I want to stake my claim, push forward and play in the County Championship for Somerset, as well of course as playing in the other two formats. I feel pretty experienced in the one-day game and have played all around the world with Scotland, but I am missing out on playing first class cricket for Somerset so that is my aim.”
Looking ahead to the next few months Josh said: “I have got six weeks in the gym here at the County Ground before Christmas and then I will be off to Hong Kong, India and Dubai playing for Scotland. When I come back I will be straight into pre-season for Somerset, so it’s going to be another nine month season for me.”
Josh has come a long way since the end of 2013 when he appeared for the Somerset Second XI following his release by Middlesex. “I spent the winter of 2013 here on a voluntary basis,” he said. “It was pretty tough for me being out of cricket and away from home in a different environment. However, now I look back and I’m so glad that I got through it and made some new friends. I have got a two year contract here with Somerset now which gives me a stable base to work from. It’s something that I have aspired to and it does give you a little bit of security.”
So in an ideal world where does Josh see himself fitting into the Somerset line up? “I want to do as much as I can,” he said. “I think my bowling through 2015 has improved massively. I was thought of as a batting all rounder but now I think I am more of a genuine all rounder. Having said that, I don’t really mind because I just want to be playing cricket for Somerset. Ideally I’d love to bat at number six and open the bowling. That’s my target. I want to bat as high as I can and bowl as hard as I can, but I know it’s not going to be easy.”
Josh added: “We have got strength in depth at the Club and I want to be playing well and pushing everybody hard for a place in the team. If we can do that then as a team we will go places.”
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