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Busy winter continues for Lewis

It’s been a busy few weeks for Lewis Gregory.

Somerset’s Vitality Blast Captain helped England to an IT20 series win in New Zealand and is now in Abu Dhabi for the T10 tournament.

We spoke with him shortly after he arrived in Abu Dhabi to discuss his England debut.

“It was a fantastic experience,” he said. “Any international honour is incredibly special, so it was a great moment for me.”

Lewis made his England debut in the first IT20 and then took a wicket with his very first ball in International Cricket in the Second IT20.

“When I was thrown the ball I just wanted to get into the game,” he said. “I wanted to bowl a dot ball or get him off strike, so to see it nip back was nice. He had a big swing at it so thankfully it did do something, and it was a special feeling when it hit the top of the stump. I didn’t really know how to react, but it was definitely a special moment and one that I will savour for a long time. It was definitely a nice start.”

Before the match Lewis received his England Cap from Steven Finn. What was that like?

“That was another special moment,” he explained. “I wasn’t expecting to be playing in the game, but Joe Denly got injured, so it was a little bit of a surprise. You dream about this sort of thing and receiving your cap when you’re a kid, so this was a really special moment and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Lewis outlined what it was like to be a part of a series winning England side. “There were some frustrating moments throughout the series personally,” he said. “But it’s international cricket and you’re there to do your very best and to win games of cricket, so to win a series was an amazing feeling.

“The way it finished was certainly a bit of a spectacle and I would imagine that New Zealand are sick of super overs against England. It was a bit of a crazy game to be honest. The boundaries were pretty small, and the ball was disappearing for most of the game. It seemed to be written in the stars that it would go down to a super over again after what happened in the summer. I think the English fans and players are quite enjoying super overs and the results that we’re getting in them!”

Lewis has now joined a number of other Somerset players in the Abu Dhabi T10 competition, which gets underway this weekend.

“I’m playing for Team Abu Dhabi in the T10 League,” he explained. “We’ve had a good couple of days practice, and I can’t wait for the opening game where we take on Tom Banton and Peter Trego. It should be good fun and it’s a pretty hectic competition. I’m really looking forward to it and it’ll be a good learning curve.”

A number of players now spend the English winter travelling around the world to play in limited overs cricket, which Lewis thinks will be of benefit to both the players themselves and also their clubs.

“The calibre of players that we’ll be playing with and against is phenomenal,” he said “These sorts of competitions are an opportunity to learn and improve and hopefully Somerset will see the benefits of that. I have no doubt that guys being involved in these tournaments will drive the standards forward back home.

“I think you can see that the guys who have been involved in the franchise competitions have improved and they are then driving forward the standards in County Cricket and International Cricket. Players can only benefit from playing with and against the best players in the world. That can only make them better players and Somerset will then see the benefit of that.”

You can follow the Abu Dhabi T10 live on FreeSports (Freeview channel 64, Sky channel422, Virgin Media channel 553, Freesat channel 252 or BT channel 64.)

England images courtesy of Getty Images

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