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Josh working hard this winter

Josh Davey is hoping to make full use of his first winter at the Cooper Associates County Ground for five years by working on aspects of both his bowling and batting.

The 27 year old first played for Somerset Seconds in the final match of the 2013 season after he was released by Middlesex. On the strength of this he was offered the chance to spend the winter training at Taunton.

Davey signed a summer contract in 2014 and at the end of last season he signed a new two year contract.

So, what is the Scotland International been doing in recent weeks? “We’ve now started working on our cricket skills again,” he said “It’s not just gym work anymore. We are back into the cricket and having the chance to work on any technical work we want to try and do.

“I’ve got things to work on with both my batting and bowling, so I’m pretty excited about things and looking forward to the time between now and the start of the season, which will go pretty quickly.”

This is the first winter for sometime that Josh, who was born in Aberdeen, hasn’t been away playing international cricket for Scotland about which he said: “I haven’t been involved with Scotland so far this winter but they are involved in the World Cup qualifiers, so I may be involved with them at that stage.”

Josh is welcoming the time back at the Cooper Associates County Ground to concentrate on various aspects of his game.

“Because I’ve been away for the last few winters, I haven’t had too much chance to change anything technical,” he said. “I’ve wanted to work on a few things in my game but have always been so busy training to play that I haven’t had the time to break down my game and change any technical aspects.

“This is the first winter in a long time that I haven’t been away to play and I hope that I’ll see some rewards because of the time that I can give to it this year.

“I guess you have to adapt and my opportunities at Somerset came with the ball, so I went forward as a bowling all rounder and that’s probably why my batting technically hasn’t been quite on the mark, so this winter it will be good to push myself forward in that area. I still massively see myself as an all rounder because I was just a batter until I started my professional career.

“It’s going to be quite difficult because my bowling has developed by playing for Somerset and Scotland, so it’s going to be hard to get the balance between both.

“I know my place is as a bowler, but I’ve also got a lot to offer with the bat as well. This winter with the ball I will be looking to get that little bit quicker, which will help in later spells in County Championship cricket.”

Regarding his new contract Josh said: “Signing a new contract certainly makes you fell more settled and I’ve just bought a house in Taunton. It’s now home to me, having spent five years here.”

What is he hoping for in 2018?

“I think that I’ve shown glimpses of what I’m capable of across all formats, but the consistency has not been there. I feel overall that I’ve bowled really well in one-day cricket, but in the Championship there is really tough competition between the seamers, especially when we are playing spinners at home.

“I need to bowl with just a little more consistency and I’ll be working on that as well as being more effective in my third and fourth spells in the Championship and of course taking more wickets! That’s the plan.”

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