Lewis Gregory, Somerset bowler, has worked hard to be seen by the English voters. He was speechless, however, when he received the call from National Selector Ed Smith, who informed him of his selection in the test squad for the game against Ireland.
Gregory has been in stunning form at County Championship Cricket for the last few seasons. Especially this season he has won 44 goals from eight games with 13.88.
Most recently, he captained the English Lions against the Australians and collected important wickets from Joe Burns, Marcus Harris and Travis Head over the two innings to hold strong opposition to a tough draw at Canterbury. It was on the last day of the game that he received the call.
“I was very excited when Ed called me this morning, I was a bit speechless and did not know what to say,” he told reporters after the end of the day on Wednesday, July 17.
He said the fatigue the Australians felt on a hard ground had subsided after receiving the call.
“I was very excited when Ed called me this morning, I was a bit speechless, I did not know what to say, it was a very tough game on a rather docile wicket, and there are some sore and tired bodies in it. But if you get the news I got this morning, you have a bit of lift and feel a little better. “
Gregory knows that if everything goes according to plan, he could also fight for a place in the Ashes squad in the UK. But he has to prevail over Ireland if he gets the chance, and he certainly does not lack self-confidence.
“It has always been my dream, and I’ve always believed that I’m good enough and able to play international cricket.
“For the past two summers, I’ve played hard enough to raise that belief, and I always knew there would be a chance someday if I continued to perform, and hopefully, if it’s next week, then I’ll go.” and lead and raise my hand also for a ashes. “
The four-day test against Ireland begins on July 24 at Lord’s.