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Steven Davies

Davies can no longer be considered merely a promising wicketkeeper-batsman after being identified as Matt Prior’s understudy at England level.

A consistently strong performer in the county game, Davies’ tidy glovework and busy batting from number seven for Worcestershire earned him full international recognition.

From Bromsgrove, Davies represented Worcestershire at all age levels and broke into the senior side in 2005, having captained England Under-19s in India earlier that year.

He made a promising start, including 148 in the Frizzell County Championship against Somerset at New Road in August, and was named in the ECB National Academy squad that winter - leading to his first England A call.

2006 saw him score 1,000 championship runs for the first time, including 192 in the championship against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Davies helped Worcestershire win Division One of the NatWest Pro40 in 2007 and continued to excel in that competition, averaging over 80 in seven 2008 innings.

Having risen through the England age-group ranks and represented England Lions, he made his senior debut in the Twenty20 international against West Indies in March 2009.

A one-day international cap followed later that year versus Australia in the Champions Trophy semi-final as a replacement for the unwell Prior.

Despite personal success, Worcestershire struggled in 2009 and Davies chose to move to Surrey, where he felt he had a better chance of developing as an international-standard wicketkeeper.

Davies toured South Africa with England that winter and was named in the one-day squad for Bangladesh, although he did not add to his international caps on either trip.

He was then named as England's wicketkeeper for the T20 international and one-day series against Pakistan, with his best performance coming in the first ODI at Durham where he made 87 from just 67 balls at the top of the order to lead the hosts to victory.

Davies was a non-playing member of the 2010-11 Ashes squad but featured in the subsequent T20s and first ODI with Australia before Prior was preferred to him in the provisional World Cup party and thus reclaimed the gloves.

Davies received widespread support from the cricket community when he announced in February 2011 that he is gay. That year he helped Surrey to championship promotion and victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

He was a non-playing member of the Test squads that faced Pakistan and Sri Lanka that winter.