The latest in a series of interviews with Steelbacks players, northantscricket.com grabbed a chat with another one of the County’s talented youngsters – Christian Davis, who seems determined to make sure 2013 is a much better cricketing year for all concerned.
For 20-year-old Christian, this winter has allowed the youngster to rest up after spending time away from England over the past couple of seasons, and as he says, that has made for a refreshing change for the bowler, “Yes it's been very good, I got to have a couple of weeks away from playing and training. It is always nice having a chance to recharge the batteries after what has been pretty much four summers on the bounce for me after winter trips. I’m really excited about cracking into the winter programme with Strength and Conditioning Coach David Sutton, who is doing a great job in catering for all the players’ individual physical needs and also adding decent team sessions to the programme.”
The Milton Keynes-born seamer has a clear focus in his winter training plans, as he states, “I’ll be doing a lot of strength work!! One of the main weaknesses in my game currently is that I'm about as strong as a piece of spaghetti, so a huge part of my winter programme will be to get strong and also work heavily with Phil Rowe on my bowling and after Christmas, my batting.”
“I’m absolutely delighted with the opportunity to represent the county again.” Said the left-arm seamer after recently signed a summer contract with Northants. ”I felt I showed my ability in small fits and starts in 2012 and I’m pleased that I can get a chance to show people what I can do on a more regular basis in 2013. I’m really looking forward to working with the new coaching staff, who I have been working with since I joined the academy and before, so I have real trust in their abilities to get the best out of me and I hope to repay them this coming year.”
After signing his new contract, Christian was honest in his evaluation of his 2012 season, in saying, “It was a very tough and frustrating year for all players due to the conditions. I think at one stage I went a month without playing so it was difficult to continue the good form and momentum I had come back with from Australia, but all in all, I was satisfied with some performances, but am already looking forward to the 2013!”
Finally for a youngster who has worked his way through the Northants Player Pathway, to see so many young and talented cricketers signed to the first team squad this close season is an encouraging factor for the all-rounder.
“I am really pleased with the signings we have made.” Said Christian, “I think from a player perspective you never doubt new signings’ abilities because they have great records and you trust the coaches. It's more about the character and how they become part of the team and so far it's been great, ‘Spriegs’ and ‘Crooky’ who I don't know very well are really great guys and have slotted in like they have always been here which is brilliant! I know the younger lads much better and it's great to see Rob and ‘JK’ get reward for their hard work over the years, I have known and played with both for more than 10 years and went to school with ‘Ketts’ for five years, so its really great! Also, I’m really pleased for Ben who is an outstanding young player and good bloke to be on your side in tough games.”