Back on board with England and happily ensconced at his new county of Surrey, this season could not have gone much better for wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Davies.
For the third time in his career the 24-year-old has posted over 1,000 first-class runs for a season, this year at an impressive average of 57.36.
The stylish left-hander has also notched a brace of hundreds to go with nine half-centuries.
Added to which, Davies has taken well over 50 victims in all forms of cricket, easily justifying Chris Adams’s decision to sign him from his home county of Worcestershire.
“It’s gone really well,” said the Bromsgrove-born gloveman. “I’ve felt in good nick all season and have really enjoyed playing my cricket here.
“I’d have liked a few more hundreds if I’m being hard on myself. I’ve scored a lot of 50s in all forms of the game which I’ve not really converted, but generally I couldn’t be happier.”
Though pleased with his form, Davies was, however, unsure his figures would merit an England recall, which came with selection for the two Twenty20 internationals and five NatWest Series games against Pakistan.
“The England call-up did come a bit out of the left field if I’m honest. You never really expect that sort of phone call, you just hope it happens.
“I thought my one-day form might take me close, but you never really expect it, or take it for granted and when it did come I was over the moon about it.”
Davies says his first hundred for Surrey, scored against his former club Worcestershire, stands out as his best knock to date this summer, but that will pale into insignificance if his ODI form can help secure a place on this winter’s Ashes tour to Australia.
He added: “I’ve never really had a run in the England team before, as my previous appearances were one-offs so to speak. But now I have the chance in this NatWest Series to string a few games together and, if I can play all seven matches against Pakistan, then I’m confident I can really make an impact.”