Steven Davies: Surrey man reaps rewards of change in approach

Steven Davies

Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Davies says a change in his approach has improved his batting in Twenty20.

The 27-year-old hit an unbeaten 95 off 70 balls to help his side to a 31-run win over Kent in the FL t20 on Sunday.

He told BBC London 94.9: "In the last couple of years I feel I've got out too soon, certainly in the first six overs.

"I wanted to concentrate on batting for longer this year and still scoring at a decent rate. Fortunately I did that and it obviously benefitted the team."

Davies' innings at Canterbury took its toll as the England international was unable to return to the field and keep wicket for Surrey.

"I came off and was sick in the end," he said. "We only have a 10-minute turnaround, which just wasn't long enough for me.

"I was struggling and we are pretty lucky that we have a few keepers in the squad. Garry [Wilson] took the gloves and I took a bit of a rest."

Davies was quick to praise Surrey's bowlers for restricting Kent to 145-9 and securing the Oval outfit a second victory from their three opening games in the South Group.

"It was a pretty important game for us and we played pretty well," he said.

"We know as batters that if we get a decent total then, the majority of the time, our bowlers will do a great job at the death for us.

"Jade Dernbach's and Azhar Mahmood's last couple of overs were magnificent and got us over the line."

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