Bowser off to Australia with England squad

NORTH Devon batsman Dan Bowser is off to Australia next month with the England Learning Disability squad.

Bowser, who previously played for Braunton and Bideford before switching to North Devon in 2008, missed all of the 2014 season recovering from a knee operation.

The 26-year-old early order batsman came up through the Devon youth ranks and has played for the Minor Counties side in one and three-day cricket.

Leicestershire, Somerset and Glamorgan all looked at him in 2nd XI and Academy games.

He is one of eight uncapped players in the 15-man squad competing in the Inas International Cricket Series against Australia.

The series, which will be staged in Melbourne runs from March 17-24, comprises four 40-over matches and two twenty-20s against Australia.

Bowser (pictured) has played in Australia before as he spent the 2005-06 winter at South Perth CC, playing with Test stars Chris Rogers and Damian Martyn.

Bowser will be one of the more experienced players in the squad for what is a cricket trip of a lifetime.

“Short of going away on a professional tour, playing for any England side is as good as it gets,” said the father of two.

“We have all been kitted out with the same gear any England touring side gets - carry cases, duffle bags, playing kit - and get a week to acclimatise before we start playing.

“It is going to be great playing on flat, hard Australian decks and getting in form for the start of the new season in this country.'

Bowser got involved in Disability cricket through the Devon Cricket Board back in 2011, believing he might be eligible due to a minor reading disorder.

“I thought I was dyslexic, but after being profiled properly it seems I have a different condition,' said Bowser.

“It takes too long to explain, but having been tested the organisers are happy I am eligible to play.”

Bowser played in some friendly games in 2012 and 2013, making a name for himself by taking 154 off the Isle of Wight.

He was starting to struggle with knee problems at the time and those put his England chances on hold for a while.

“The last time I played I scored 59 virtually standing on one leg,' said Bowser.

“I did not play at all last season after having the operation, which I feared may harm my chances.

"The England set-up were great though. They have stuck with me and I am looking to repay them once we get out to Australia.”

Bowser said although he was looking forward to the trip, leaving his wife and children behind would be a wrench.

“My wife Lucy is my number one supporter and I would love it if she could be with me in Australia,” said Bowser.


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