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Lewis looks back on his busy winter

Lewis Gregory has been busier than most this winter.

Somerset’s Vitality Blast Captain made his IT20 debut for England against New Zealand, took a wicket with his very first ball in international cricket, helped his country to a series win, captained the England Lions in Australia, played in the Bangladesh Premier League, traveled to Abu Dhabi for the T10 tournament and also took part in the Pakistan Super League.

The 27-year-old from Plymouth is now back home after his travels and has had a chance to reflect on everything that he’s achieved over the last few months.

“It’s everyone’s dream to play for their country,” he said. “To have had that opportunity was an amazing feeling and to get a wicket with my first ball was a really surreal moment. It was an unbelievable trip. To receive my cap and pull on that shirt for the first time was pretty amazing.

“There’s a great atmosphere in the England camp. There were obviously some new faces around with some of the players being rested after the World Cup and the Ashes. It was a superb environment to be involved with and it was a great experience. To be around players of that calibre and to be able to pick their brains was great. Hopefully in the future I can be around it a bit more.”

It wasn’t the end of his International duties when that IT20 series finished because Lewis was named as captain of the England Lions squad for their tour of Australia.

“It’s an honour every time you are asked to play for your country at any level and to be given the captaincy was really nice. That trip as a whole was amazing. There was a great bunch of lads involved and it was great to be out in Australia experiencing those conditions. To come out on top in the way that we did in the majority of the games we played was pretty amazing. To lead the lads out there was an outstanding experience.

“To have so many Somerset players and coaches involved with England squads this winter has been brilliant. It just shows you what a great place Somerset County Cricket Club is in. It was so good to have all those guys around, and to see them doing what they’ve done for Somerset in international colours was great to witness.”

Lewis was also in good company in the Pakistan Super League where he lined up alongside the likes of Tom Banton, Shoaib Malik, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz for Peshawar Zalmi.

“The crowds in Pakistan were amazing and it was an incredible experience,” he said. “The stadiums were packed to the rafters with screaming fans and it was really loud. It was almost too noisy to concentrate at times. Playing with and against the very best players in the world was a really beneficial experience and I have some memories that I’ll cherish for a very long time. Hopefully I’ll get to experience that again one day.”

Lewis finished our conversation with a message for the Somerset Members and supporters.

“I hope that all the Somerset Members and fans and their families are safe and well at this difficult time. We hope to be playing for you soon but in the meantime make sure that you look after yourselves and stay safe.”

All images (except Somerset image) courtesy of Getty Images.

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