Lewis ready for New Zealand

Lewis Gregory is all set to head for Heathrow on Sunday where he will be joining the rest of the England T20 squad as they fly out to New Zealand for the five match series.

Looking ahead to the series, which gets underway on November 1st, the 27-year-old said: “This is something that I’m excited about and really looking forward to. To have the opportunity to tour New Zealand with England is something very special and hopefully I’ll get the chance out there to show what I can do.

“There have been a couple of times when I’ve been picked in the squad but not made the final team, but that has still provided me with the experience of being around that environment and getting to know the guys. However, hopefully this time I’ll finally make the eleven and get out there to show what I can do on the big stage.

“To be selected for the Ireland Test squad was a really special moment. It was great experience for me to be involved and help out, and it drives you on to want more.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago that I made my debut for Somerset and the time has gone really fast. My career has had its ups and downs and flipped with the formats I have done better in, but the last couple of years have probably been my most complete performances across all formats. Hopefully there will be another 10 years and I can keep improving.”

Regarding his own game Lewis said: “I think I’m getting closer to where I see myself as a cricketer and where I want to be. I have been a lot more consistent with the bat in white-ball cricket than in red-ball, and to score more heavily in the Championship is one of the goals I have set myself.

“With the ball, I think it’s about me staying fit and being able to get out onto the park and then that will take care of itself. I’ve been able to do that for the last couple of years and your confidence in your body grows. Fingers crossed we can keep that going and the performances keep improving.”

Reflecting on the 2019 season as a whole Lewis said: “Any time you lift a trophy has to be a successful season and that was a fantastic competition for us.

“Before the start of the season we set our goals to compete and try and win all three competitions. To compete in every game that you go out and play throughout the whole season is a very hard thing to do and it’s unfortunate that we didn’t quite cross the line in the Championship. However, another second place just drives us on to want to go one better next year.

“We had a fantastic year, but at the end we came up against an Essex team that had a better year. This just makes you want to keep on improving and hopefully next season will be when we will win it.”

How much does it help to have so many local boys in the team?

“I grew up with a lot of the people I’m playing with and everyone lives pretty locally. That helps you all to pull together. You have friendships with your team mates and when the tough times come it can make it that little bit easier to try and dig yourselves out of it.

“The support that we get across all three formats is just fantastic and you see the difference between home games and away games. Some games we go to we’ve got more fans than the home team! Our fans are amazing and they get right behind us and it’s like having an extra man out there playing for us.”

Lewis will return from New Zealand on November 11th so what lies beyond that for him?

“There are a few franchise competitions that I’m in the drafts for and then there’s an England white-ball tour to South Africa in January. I will take it as it comes and when I get my opportunity in New Zealand I’ll try to do the best I can and show what I’m about. Hopefully that may lead to another trip in the new year. Ultimately for me it’s about going out and trying to perform.”

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