ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Steven Davies
Full name Steven Michael Davies
Born June 17, 1986, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Current age 28 years 162 days
Major teams England, England Lions, Marylebone Cricket Club, Surrey, Worcestershire, Worcestershire Cricket Board
Playing role Wicketkeeper
Batting style Left-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Height 5 ft 11 in
Education King Charles 1 School
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Centurion, Oct 2, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Perth, Feb 6, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 15, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 14, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Worcestershire v Loughborough UCCE at Kidderminster, May 8-10, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval, Sep 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, Aug 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Worcestershire at Cardiff, Jun 27, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Warwickshire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
Steven Davies is one of a glut of England wicketkeeper batsmen vying for a spot at international level. In a short international limited-overs career he has felt the benefit and pain the merry-go-round selection policy that England wicketkeepers have been subjected to. He made a surprise international debut in a Twenty20 against West Indies in Trinidad in 2009 but was soon replaced by Craig Kieswetter as England went on to lift the World Twenty20 in 2010.
Davies then replaced Kieswetter in the 50-over side and travelled to Australia in 2010-11 as England's first-choice wicketkeeper in limited-overs cricket and back-up to Matt Prior in the Test squad. Just two games into the seven-match ODI that series that preceded the World Cup, Davies was unexpectedly dumped out of the team and replaced by Matt Prior who went on to the World Cup without much success.
Davies remains in the frame, however, having long been earmarked as a player with England potential. It was clear he had talent when he finished above Graeme Hick in the Worcestershire averages in his debut season in 2005, and he was selected for the National Academy and toured the West Indies with England A that winter. A former England Under-19 captain, Davies has impressed everyone who has come across him and, vitally, his glovework is an excellent standard. At the end of the 2009 season, sensing a need to challenge himself, Davies moved from Worcestershire to Surrey where he has been given the responsibility of batting in the top order.
A stylish left-handed batsman, he is particularly fluent through the offside but his tendency to hit the ball in the air has prevented him from nailing down an international position.
In February 2011 Davies came out as gay in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. He had come out to his family five years earlier was also already out to his teammates. He became the first international cricketer to announce that he was gay.
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