ALEX DAVIES is targeting more first-team cricket with Lancashire next summer - even when Jos Buttler is available to play.
The 19-year-old wicketkeeper knows the former Somerset man arrives at Emirates Old Trafford as the first choice gloveman when he is not on international duty, but he is aiming to ensure that Buttler has to work hard for his spot.
And if Buttler holds onto the gloves, Davies, who impressed in the last three LV= County Championship matches of last season, has designs on a place as a specialist batsman.
“I know Jos is Jos - an outstanding player and an England player. But there’s no reason why I can’t be hot on his heels and try and challenge him for that number one spot,” said Davies.
“A big goal for me next season is if Jos is going to keep, I want to play as a batter as well. We lost Stephen Moore, which just opens up another spot for me. I want to try and stamp my mark.
“Playing in the first team was what I was working towards all last winter and all last summer. Things came together for me, and I got my chance. I’d like to think that I took it as best as I could and gave a glimpse of what I can do.
“Now it’s about working hard this winter because I hope to get a few more games next summer.”
Buttler is currently in Australia with the England Performance Programme. He will then link up with the Melbourne Renegades to play in the first two matches of the Twenty20 Big Bash competition on December 20 and 26.
After that, he will take the gloves in England’s one-day and Twenty20 series against Australia through January and early February. He will link up with his new Red Rose colleagues after further limited overs assignments in the West Indies and Bangladesh through February and March - the latter where the World Twenty20 is being played.
“When a player like that becomes available, it’s pretty hard to resist. I think the club have seen how good he is, and it was a no brainer for them,” added Davies.
“It’s a massively exciting signing for the club. We all know how good Jos is both with the bat and with the gloves. He’s such an exciting player, and it’s very positive for the club. We’re certainly going to be a stronger one-day outfit with him.
“I met him once before he went to Australia, but I’ve not had the chance to train with him yet, which I’m really looking forward to doing.
“I’m really excited to work with him because I can learn a lot from him in terms of both with the gloves and the bat. He’s been around England for a while, so it will be good to see how he trains and to get some tips off him. Hopefully he should be really good for me.”