Josh Davey was fleetingly back at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton last week before heading off with the rest of the Scotland squad to the ICC T20 World Cup in India.
The 25 year old all rounder has had a busy winter as he explained: “I flew out to Abu Dhabi on January 8th with Scotland for a nine day training camp which was good. It was at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, which is a bit of a favourite place for me because I got a six wicket haul there last year! The weather was good there and we had a really successful training camp which set us up well for our series against Hong Kong. We then flew there but when we arrived the weather took a turn for the worst and it just rained and rained.
“It was forecast to be the coldest for 50 years and some of the Scotland guys hadn’t even brought their coats with them so they were running round to make sure they had enough warm clothes! We missed out on six days of cricket and in the end we only managed to get two games in against Hong Kong, a T20 and a one dayer, which was pretty disappointing for us.
“Hong Kong was a disappointing cricket trip but it was a fantastic city to visit and experience the culture. I have been fantastically lucky with the places that I have visited through playing with Scotland. After sitting around watching it rain, we were all ready to leave and play some cricket. We flew back to Dubai where the sun was out and we then started our T20 preparation for the World Cup. We played three games in six days in Dubai including one against UAE and also against Holland and then we flew back here to the cold weather.”
Josh departed from Taunton on Friday and today (Sunday) he heads out with the rest of the Scotland squad to India. “We fly from Edinburgh to Mumbai,” he said. “Then we make our way to Pune where we will be based for a training camp. I have never been to India before so it will be very interesting. Scotland have five warm up games, one of which I think is against one of the IPL teams and then a couple of days before our first match in the tournament we fly to Nagpur.
“Our first group game is on March 8th when we play Afghanistan. Two days later we face Zimbabwe and then on the 12th we play Hong Kong. I guess we need to win two games to go through and if we don’t then our tournament only lasts four days! If we go through then we will be in the Super 10′s which will be a fantastic experience and keep us there for another two weeks playing against all the top nations including England, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka, so fingers crossed. I have never been to India, so to go out there and play in the T20 World Cup will be just fantastic and I’m really looking forward to the experience.”
Looking forward to the 2016 season Josh said: “When I get back here I will be ready to play cricket for Somerset in the County Championship, which is my aim and that preparation will begin the second I return to Taunton. This is a massive season for me and I am hoping to get a few more opportunities. I’ve been waiting a while for them to come along so I will be ready to take them and grab them with both hands. I am pretty happy with the way that my bowling has been going over the last year and really feel that it has improved a lot. Two years ago I was seen as a batting all rounder but now I’m pretty much a genuine all rounder.”
Josh added: “I think that the strength and conditioning work I have been doing has really helped me to become stronger and enabled me to bowl for longer, so I’m just hoping that I get the opportunity to play in 2016.”