Full Name

Anthony Mark Davies

Born

October 04, 1980, Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham

Age

40y 220d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Height

6ft 3in

Education

Stockton Sixth Form College

TEAMS

Another paceman off the Durham production line, Davies' undoubted potential was too often kept in check by a series of injuries. In 2004 and 2005 he was taking wickets for fun (50 at 18.76 and 47 at 15.55 respectively) and could have pressed for an international call-up if his fitness hadn't failed him. However, in December 2009, injuries finally worked in his favour, as he was drafted into England's Test squad as cover for James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom.

The opportunity was due reward for his perseverance - in 2006 he spent three months in a body brace due to back problems, but returned in 2007 to help Durham to second place in the County Championship while also spending a month on loan at Northamptonshire. He came back to take 39 wickets at 15.05 in Durham's successful 2008 Championship campaign before falling to injury yet again. In 2009 he took 19 wickets from nine games but impressed enough to be included in the England Performance Programme's tour to South Africa, from where he then linked up with the Test squad.

In the event, Davies wasn't needed and suffered a further setback when he had to have an operation to remove some floating bone from his ankle in early March 2010. He recovered in time to join Durham's pre-season trip to Dubai but drifted into the second XI in the course of the season and then failed to make a single Championship appearance in 2011, having suffered a stress fracture of the foot. Davies badly needed the new start that a move to Kent, in 2012, gave him - and he made the most of an injury-free first season at Canterbury by winning the club's player of the year award.

Although not quick, Davies rarely gives batsmen a moment's peace, as indicated by his Championship figures of 36 wickets at little more than 19 runs apiece for Kent. He was a hit across all competitions and supporters were delighted when he agreed to extend his stay. He retired at the end of 2014 after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC1091384911186212.56294437.9702210
List A90391617031*7.3900140
T20209426135.203281.25001040
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC1091638670643158/2422.422.5852.0011132
List A9037042622864/134/1330.484.2443.00100
T202020468524172/142/1430.826.7127.50000

Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Kent vs Lancashire15* & 02/41 & 0/2624-Sep-2013CanterburyFC
Kent vs Northants91/8417-Sep-2013NorthamptonFC
Kent vs Essex1 & 10*4/6711-Sep-2013CanterburyFC
Kent vs Glamorgan01/27 & 2/3403-Sep-2013CardiffFC
Kent vs Notts--2/3326-Aug-2013CanterburyList A

Photos


Mark Davies appeals
Mark Davies celebrates after Alex Hales was caught behind
Mark Davies
Mark Davies bowls during his first outing for England
Mark Davies, who joined the squad as cover for James Anderson, listens to advice from his old Durham colleague Ottis Gibson
Mark Davies, who was added to England's Test squad as cover for James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom, joins Durham colleague Graham Onions at England's training session