Threatening injury insists Davies
side of coping with such a serious injury.
“The mental side rather than the physical side is what I have taken most from,” he said. “At first it was tough because I am young and just want to play cricket. Once that emotion dies down a bit, you start thinking logically about what you need to do.
“The medical staff here at Lancashire helped me both mentally and physically. The mental side was around 70 per cent of the battle. Physically, you just do what you are told, you do the swimming, you do the weights, you do the rehab. But the staff also keep you going mentally. They tell you that if you keep working, you will be back playing again, you will be able to go on Lions tours.”
Moving to the top of the order, Davies became the first Lancashire wicketkeeper in the club’s history to score more than 1,000 first-class runs in a season. His impressive year turned heads at the ECB, and he is flying off to Australia in two weeks, along with Red Rose team-mates Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood and Keaton Jennings with England Lions.
“This time last year I was just starting to walk again after the operation,” said Davies. “And this is what I was aiming for after my operation. I was aiming to have a really good year and get on to a winter programme with the ECB, like the Lions.
“As soon as I could walk again, pretty much every day was aimed towards receiving that phone call from (national selector) James Whitaker.”
ACCRINGTON Stanley have progressed to the knockout stage of the Checkatrade Trophy after a dominant 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
Two goals from Erica Sousa, along with strikes from Jonny Edwards and Mekhi McLeod helped the Reds earn the victory.
It means that Stanley will finish second in their group, alongside Blackpool, who also booked their place in the next round of the competition.
Wigan have been eliminated, after winning just one of their three matches.
Accrington were quick out of the blocks in the game and it didn’t take them long to make the breakthrough, as Edwards got on the end of a pass from Sousa and smashed the ball into the net via the crossbar.
Sousa was proving to be a thorn in Wigan’s side, causing the opposition defence a number of problems throughout the first half.
Stanley had chances to double their lead when Mallik Wilks and Farrend Rawson each had headed opportunities, but both players put the headers narrowly wide.
The second goal did come for Accrington on the half hour mark, with Sousa rewarded for his impressive display so far when he fired a low effort off the post and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
John Coleman’s side carried their lead into the second half, and they didn’t take their foot off the gas, remaining the better team after the interval.
McLeod’s pass found Wilks in space, but his shot produced a good
Aaron Chapman pulls off a save for Stanley