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On the Spot

DOB: 25/05/1993 Bat­ting style: Right-hand bat Bowl­ing style: Right-arm medium-fast Mar­i­tal sta­tus: In a re­la­tion­ship with girl­friend Alex For­mer Clubs: Es­sex Sec­ond XI, MCC Young Crick­eters, Mid­dle­sex U17s, Mid­dle­sex U19s

The Last

Bat you bought/used? The last bat I bought would have been a Gray-Ni­colls Preda­tor but the last one I used was one by Aero Cricket – they spon­sor me. I didn’t get many runs this sea­son with that stick but that’s not the bat’s fault. Song you down­loaded? The last one would have been a J.Cole song. I would like to go see him live if I get a chance. Five-wicket haul or cen­tury? My last five-wicket haul would have been against Som­er­set in the Cham­pi­onship five games away from the end of the sea­son. In­jury you had? Un­for­tu­nately, it’s a stress frac­ture in my back. It’s hap­pened over the sum­mer at some point. I’ve pulled out of the Eng­land Lions squad (for the up­com­ing tour of Aus­tralia) but what can you do? I’ve got the ac­cess to the Eng­land physio and doc­tors and the plan is to get fit by Christ­mas, and go on the tour of the West In­dies in Jan­uary. Tro­phy you won? The County Cham­pi­onship last month. It’s nice to be able to say that I’ve won the top di­vi­sion.

The Jury’s Out

Tea or cof­fee? Cof­fee. Your last meal if you were on death row? Two pie and two mash with liquor. I’m a proper Lon­don boy. Caribbean with the mis­sus or Ma­galuf with the lads? I’d have to say the Caribbean with the mis­sus – my girl­friend Alex would kill me if I didn’t! 50-over, T20 or County Cham­pi­onship? The County Cham­pi­onship, no ques­tion about it. You saw how much it meant win­ning it this year.

Time added on

Who did you sup­port as a boy? I have al­ways fol­lowed Es­sex, and it’s a dream come true ev­ery time I step on the field for them. Best coach you have ever played with? Our cur­rent coach at Es­sex – Chris Sil­ver­wood. That’s an easy an­swer. Who’s most ner­vous per­son when next into bat? I’m go­ing to say James Foster, our wick­et­keeper. He’s al­ways padded up very early and I’d say he has a lot of ner­vous en­ergy when wait­ing. Per­son to avoid af­ter be­ing dis­missed? Jesse Ry­der, with­out a shadow of a doubt. I’ve seen him de­stroy a fridge be­fore and he’s snapped a few bats too. One rule you would change? I’d say that if the ball hits a batter on the pad, no mat­ter where it hits him, he’s out – that’s a clas­sic bowler’s an­swer! Who’s your favourite pun­dit? It would have to be David Lloyd, just for sheer en­ter­tain­ment value. I love Bum­ble. Do you have any su­per­sti­tions? I al­ways like to sit clos­est to the door in the dress­ing room. That’s my spot in the Es­sex dress­ing room and when we’re away, I like to sit there as well. I no­ticed that it had be­come a com­mon trend one day and I just car­ried on do­ing it from then on. Hob­bies? Golf. I love my golf. I’m not great but I do en­joy hav­ing a round when I can.

And fi­nally

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