I al­ways knew I’d be back after ca­reer

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

CHRIS OSTICK

ALEX Davies ad­mits he is glad he suf­fered what was a ca­reer-threat­en­ing in­jury.

And the Lan­cashire wick­et­keeper be­lieves he may not have had the best sea­son of his ca­reer – or be head­ing off on an Eng­land Lions tour later this month – if he hadn’t needed cru­cial surgery on his knee.

Twelve months ago, Davies was just get­ting back to walk­ing again after the op­er­a­tion, hav­ing missed the pre­vi­ous sea­son with the in­jury.

He ad­mits that be­fore go­ing un­der the knife, there were con­cerns he would never play again.

But he has re­vealed the bat­tle to get back fit – and back out in the mid­dle again – gave him a new fo­cus on the game.

“Peo­ple talk about in­juries be­ing a neg­a­tive thing, and it sounds weird, but I am re­ally glad the in­jury hap­pened when it did,” the 23-yearold said. “I feel like I un­der­achieved a lit­tle bit in the years be­fore the in­jury. I wasn’t quite as fo­cussed or pro­duc­ing the vol­ume of runs I wanted.

“Hav­ing that in­jury and miss­ing a full year re­ally does re-fo­cus you and re­mind you what it is that you want.

“You have to sit on the side­lines for a year watch­ing your mates play­ing, and you don’t get to. I al­ways be­lieved I would come back and play – and play well. But there was at the back of my mind be­fore I went in for the op­er­a­tion thoughts about whether I was go­ing to play again.

“That was a tricky time, but once you wake up and they say the op­er­a­tion was a suc­cess, that trig­gers some­thing in you.

“It re­tunes you men­tally, to make sure you do all the right things to make sure it doesn’t hap­pen again.”

Davies worked hard through last win­ter, not only to get back fit again, but also on the men­tal

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