Josh heads Down Under to prepare for the World Cup

Josh Davey Scotland3Somerset’s Josh Davey has travelled Down Under with the Scottish national cricket squad as they start to prepare for the upcoming World Cup.

The Scotland team are making a pre-season tour of Australia and New Zealand to get used to the conditions they are likely to face in the tournament which takes place early in the New Year.

Josh played for Scotland in the recent three-match one-day international series against Ireland in Dublin, taking some key wickets and hitting a valuable innings of 40 in the second game. He also played for Scotland in a T20 international against England at the beginning of the season. Those performances have earned him a place in the squad now on the other side of the world.

Before leaving for Australia, Josh told the official Somerset CCC website: “We are actually going to three places on this trip, starting in Tasmania. Then we go to Christchurch and then back to Queensland.

“This is a pre-season tour before the World Cup so we are going out there and having a few trial games and getting used to playing in the sorts of conditions we are likely to be facing.

“We are going to be out there for a month playing and training in the warm conditions so it should be good and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

The current trip to Australia and New Zealand is just the start of a busy winter with Scotland and Somerset for Josh.

The Aberdeen-born all-rounder explained: “After coming back from there, in November I will be spending 10 days in Dubai at a batting camp, which has again been organized by Scotland. In January we are looking to go to the West Indies to play in their one-day competition and after that we come back it will soon be the World Cup.

“Between tours I will be spending my time training at the County Ground with the rest of the Somerset squad, so I have got a pretty busy winter ahead of me.”

Before joining Somerset, Josh played for Middlesex, but was released at the end of the 2013 season. He spent the whole of last winter training at his own expense at the County Ground in Taunton and was rewarded with a 2014 summer contract. He produced some good performances with bat and ball for Somerset Seconds this year, scoring more than 500 runs in seven Second XI Championship games, including six half-centuries and a highest score of 97. He also claimed 15 wickets at 17.93 in the championship for the Seconds with a best bowling performance of 5-42.

Josh added: “It’s great that Somerset have given me another chance for which I am really grateful because it has got my career back on track. I knew that last winter was going to be tough for me, but I think it is paying off for me now because I have got myself back into the county game and back involved with Scotland again which is what I was hoping for.”

We wish Josh all the best with Scotland this winter. You can follow his progress throughout the World Cup here on The InCider.