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Mark Davies

A former England Under-19 international, Davies burst on to the scene in 2004, picking up four of the six prizes at Durham’s player-of-the-year awards, but has since struggled with injuries which have prevented him from fulfilling his obvious potential.

Davies was the first bowler in the country to reach 50 wickets in the 2004 County Championship, and was nine clear of his nearest rival at the time.

He followed up his 2004 awards success by claiming the club's leading bowler prize for the second year in succession in 2005, when he was a key figure in the north-east county’s march to promotion from Division Two.

Davies predominantly featured in the Twenty20 Cup the following year, but claimed 24 wickets in nine four-day matches in 2007 and then played a vital part in helping Durham secure a maiden County Championship crown in 2008.

Returning to the side following Steve Harmison’s England recall in August, Davies went on to claim 39 championship wickets for the season at 15. This included career-best figures 8-24 against Hampshire at Basingstoke.

He was part of the England Performance Programme squad that toured India, and then the England Lions party for the trip to New Zealand.

He again failed to play a full-time role in Durham's successful defence of their LV= County Championship title, yet he did do enough to secure a place in the category A listing for the Elite Player Programme in South Africa that winter.

Davies was then called up to the Test squad ahead of the four-match series against the Proteas as cover for James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom.

However, injuries continued to plague him thereafter and he failed to feature at all in 2011.