Josh joins up with Scotland

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Somerset all rounder Josh Davey is joining up with the rest of his Scotland colleagues to play cricket in sunnier climes.

Last season was something of a breakthrough campaign for the 25 year old who, after being released by Middlesex, played for Somerset Seconds in 2013.

He went on to make his first class debut against New Zealand in 2015, before going onto to play in two List A games in which he took four wickets at 14.75 runs each.

“I spent Christmas with my family and now ready to get going again- in fact I cant wait to get started,” he said.

Talking about the time he spent in Taunton this winter Josh said: “It’s been a lot quieter than usual because there aren’t so many of us here this winter but it has been so beneficial to me to have a break and then come back into the gym and get strong again. I have just started bowling again and doing my drills both batting and bowling all of which is good preparation for my next series with Scotland, which starts in Hong Kong on January 21st.”

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Having played cricket elsewhere just how tough is the Somerset training programme?  “The regime here is tough,” he said.  “In fact the Somerset strength and conditioning programme I think is the best and since I joined in 2013 I reckon everything towards my fitness has gone through the roof and at the moment I am very happy with my strength and fitness levels.”

Josh talked in a bit more detail about how he was going to spend the next few months.  “On January 8th I’ll be heading up to Edinburgh for a presentation night with the team,” he said. “Then the next day we fly out to Abu Dhabi for a training camp for 10 days, which will get us acclimatized.  We then fly to Hong Kong for a series against them where we play one four-day game, two one-dayers a two T20s. After that series we fly back to Dubai to start our T20 World Cup preparations and we also play games against the local franchise teams after which we fly back on February 7th.  Then I come back to train with the rest of the Somerset squad for two weeks after which I will be off to India for the T20 World Cup.”

Davey went on: “I’m getting used to nine month long seasons.  I had one last year.  In fact 2015 was brilliant for me so hopefully I can repeat that this year only be even better.”

The Scottish international added: “I have got a lot of confidence coming out of the competitions I played in last year. Scotland have been brilliant to me and given me the chance to travel all over the world and play against the best teams which has benefitted me no end.  I have brought that confidence back and put it into action playing for Somerset and hopefully we will have a good year in 2016.”