May 24, 2014

'Standing up to quick seamers can be daunting'

Steven Davies on the pain of keeping to Stuart Meaker, rainy days in the Surrey dressing room, and who'd play him in a movie

You have shared a dressing room with legends of the game, like Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting. What have you learned from them?
The beauty of having these guys around is, I can tap into their experience. Graeme has immense leadership abilities and I'm trying to pick things up about that from him. Ricky has played in all sorts of conditions all around the world that I could pick his brains about.

How do you rate your England career?
Pretty brief, to be honest with you. I'm looking to change that and get back into it. I think I've got a good chance to break back in, providing I start the season well.

Which bowler hits the gloves the hardest?
Definitely Stuart Meaker. He's an absolute nightmare. He's 5ft 5in, tiny, but bowls at 92mph and swings it and wobbles it. I'm standing pretty close too, because he doesn't get much carry.

Who is the tidiest gloveman in county cricket?
James Foster.

Which of your team-mates would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Jason Roy would be a nightmare. He's all over the place. He has a lot of energy and I don't - and it wouldn't mix well.

Who would play you in a film?
Leonardo Di Caprio.

You wear the squad number nine. Why?
I'm a striker.

When it's tipping down with rain, what's going on in the Surrey dressing room?
A lot of messing around. We've played a lot of indoor cricket recently too. I'd like to say gym work but no, chilling out and messing around.

Who do you least want to be near during a rain break?
He's not boring but Zafar [Ansari] has always got his head in his books. He went to Cambridge and is always studying something. We leave him to do his thing.

What's the toughest thing about being a wicketkeeper?
Standing up to seamers who are pretty quick. It can be pretty daunting at times.

If you weren't a cricketer what would you be?
A tennis player.

You are a big Arsenal fan. Do you want Arsene Wenger in or out?
I think it's time for a change. I'm getting rid of him. I want to freshen things up.

You have to choose a five-a-side football team for Surrey. Who would you have in it?
My team would be Davies to captain the side, obviously. I'd be running the centre of the park. Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Jack Winslade, and I'll put Jason Roy in there too.

And who would be nowhere near it?
Tim Linley.

Steven Davies was speaking at a NatWest T20 Blast event. Tickets can be purchased from www.ecb.co.uk/natwestt20blast

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