Josh Davey will be putting family and national allegiances to one side as he prepares for a significant tie against England at the Cricket World Cup.
The former Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club player enjoyed his first taste of World Cup action as he scored 11 runs and took three wickets in a three wicket defeat to joint hosts New Zealand in Scotland’s opener on Tuesday.
But while that match would have been a special occasion for the 24-year-old, it is an intriguing clash against England on Monday, that holds greater significance for the former Culford School pupil and the rest of his family.
“I am technically the only Scottish person in my family because I was born in Aberdeen,” said Davey. “It will be really strange facing England. When I was a boy I looked out for their results and dreamed of playing for them so it will be surreal to face them at a World Cup. Funnily enough I can still play for England. There is a rule that if you play for Scotland you can represent England.
“However, I think the chances of me playing for England are quite far away so that decision has never come up.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me and for Scotland to showcase our ability against one of the best teams in the world. It will certainly be an interesting day for my dad who is flying out, but I’d hope he would be supporting me proudly and be on my side.”