Lewis Excited for England and Big Bash Experience

Somerset Vitality Blast Captain Lewis Gregory is relishing a packed winter programme of cricket ahead of tournaments in South Africa and Australia.

It was announced last week that Gregory, who made his Somerset debut back in 2010, had been drafted for Brisbane Heat in the latest edition of the Big Bash League in Australia. This was followed by being named in the England squad for the upcoming ODI series in South Africa.

With COVID-19 still affecting the number of franchise competitions that are due to be held this winter, both call-ups give Lewis the chance to play meaningful cricket overseas during this period.

“It’s come about at quite short notice. I was expecting a pretty quiet winter but I am really excited to go out to Australia and get stuck in with a fantastic T20 tournament. I fly to South Africa next week with England for the ODI series, so hopefully now my winter is going to be pretty busy with cricket”

“I find it amazing to think that it has been 10 years since I made my Somerset debut. It’s been a brilliant journey and am delighted to now be involved with England squads. I believe staying fully fit over the last 12-18 months has helped me a lot when certainly before that period I did have a few troubles.

“I think my game has grown. I am more confident in my skills and abilities now and ultimately that has improved performances on the park. It has helped me being a three dimensional cricketer and I’ve continued to try and improve my game across all three formats. When I first came into the team as an 18-year-old back in 2010, the idea of who I am as a cricketer has certainly changed a lot.

“We are certainly missing crowds in all sports around the world, and it disappointing to play behind-closed-doors. The Somerset fans have been sorely missed and playing international cricket is about sampling different crowds and atmospheres, but there are obviously important reasons for this. Putting on an England shirt at any stage has been a dream since I was a kid and to have done that 8 times so far is incredibly special.

“It’s now a great time for me to go out to South Africa and show what I am capable of and try to nail down a spot in that England squad for the foreseeable future.”

Lewis will be joining Somerset team-mate Tom Banton at Brisbane Heat, which is something that he is looking forward to.

“I’ve played in a couple of franchise tournaments already with Bants and he’ll probably claim I’m just following him around! He’s been a brilliant advert for T20 cricket over the last 2 years since he came onto the scene and I’m looking forward to spending some time in Australia with him. Hopefully we can both perform well together for Brisbane Heat and put on a good show.”

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