The future of Lancashire is in safe hands, quite literally.
That is the view of Assistant Coach Gary Yates, who believes Alex Davies's game is developing at such a rate that it leaves no doubt in his ability to provide back-up for new recruit Jos Buttler.
Davies played, and impressed in, the last three LV= County Championship matches of the 2013 season, but ex-Somerset star Buttler was signed yesterday to be the county's number one gloveman in all forms of the game.
With Buttler's commitments within England's limited overs set-up, there is no doubt that the dynamic Davies, aged 19, will get plenty of first-team action in 2014 against both the red and white ball.
And Yates, who oversees the club's second XI, is convinced the Darwen-born player, formerly of England under 19s, can continue to shine as, in the long term, he looks to put the pressure on to take the gloves full time.
"Alex has moved his game forward in the last 12 months, and has got his chance in the first team, where he can show Peter Moores, Glen Chapple and myself what he can do at this level," said Yates.
"He has done well in both second-team and league cricket, and he deserves his chance. It has been good for him to play at a higher level, and he has done himself no harm at all.
"All areas of his game are getting better. He has still got work to do, don't get me wrong. But he is the type of character who will not shy away from that. He has a fiery side to his game, yes. But, as long as that is controlled, there is nothing wrong with it at all, and it can be good.
"We will work hard with him this winter on his keeping and batting, and that should leave him in a good position ahead of next season if and when he gets a chance."
Davies spent last winter playing grade cricket in Melbourne, Australia, but he has opted to remain at Emirates Old Trafford this winter because he feels time working with Peter Moores will be more beneficial to his game.
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