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Lewis looks back on Lions experience

Lewis Gregory was back at the Cooper Associates County Ground after playing for the England Lions against Pakistan ‘A’ in the UAE, during which time he captained the side.

Reflecting on his time with the Lions the all rounder said: “It was really great to be able to be part of the Lions set up and have a month away playing some competitive cricket. It was a very nice trip away and there is another one to come after Christmas when the Lions go out to India.

“Going out to India will be a really good challenge for me, playing in very different conditions against what will be a strong India ‘A’ team. There are some real challenges ahead which is very exciting.”

Regarding being appointed to captain in two formats Lewis said: “It was a great honour and I felt really proud to be able to captain the team. They were a great bunch of guys who are very talented and we were playing in very different conditions to what we are used to. It was really exciting and a proud moment for me to be appointed as captain, challenging at times of course, but I loved every minute of it.”

In the four match ODI series Lewis enjoyed a batting average of 29.33 and was the leading Lions wicket-taker claiming nine victims at an average of 26.77

Talking about his own game Lewis said: “I just tried to carry on doing what I did in the summer and carry that forward. I didn’t set the world alight as I would have liked, but I thought that I contributed in most games in one way or another, which is what you want to try to do as an all rounder.

“You have two cracks at the cherry as an all rounder if one doesn’t work and I feel like I did that throughout the trip and hopefully influenced most games in a positive way.”

Lewis was one of four Somerset players involved with the Lions about which he said: “It’s always nice to have some familiar faces around you in the team, although being around the county circuit for a few years now you get to know people at other counties. I knew quite a few people there already which was nice for me and it makes it a lot easier to settle into a new environment.

“However, to have a number of the Somerset guys out there with me was really nice and it shows where the Club is at and we are pushing for higher honours.”

Last year at this time Lewis was back in Taunton following a rehab programme after undergoing surgery at the end of the 2017 season, so has he achieved what he had hoped to out on the Lions trip?

“It’s gone really well for me, especially after last winter. I was trying to put my body back together again and get fit for the 2018 season. It has kind of taken off for me, but I think that there is still a lot more to come. I still haven’t shown what I’m capable of and performed to a level which I know I can.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming Lions trip to India Lewis said: “Hopefully we can keep my performances going in the right direction and then who knows where we can get to!”

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