Davies wrapped in cotton wool

17 July 2017 03:19:54 EST

Alex Davies is being kept out of Lancashire's NatWest T20 Blast as part of his long-term injury rehabilitation.

The wicketkeeper-batsman had extensive knee surgery last winter and continues to work with the medical staff at Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old previously played a full role in both the County Championship and Royal London Cup, batting at the top of the order in both and keeping wicket ahead of Dane Vilas.

His last two Championship appearances saw him score 31 and 79 versus Warwickshire and 115 versus Hampshire.

Meanwhile, he has claimed more dismissals than any other wicketkeeper in Division One.

However, with Jos Buttler available for Blast cricket, Lancashire did not want Davies out in the field doing potential damage to his knees.

"Alex has worked hard to recover from last year's knee injury and we've been delighted with his form already this season but following medical advice, we have taken the decision to rest him," said Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple.

Davies said: "It is, of course, frustrating to be rested at this stage as I want to pull on the Red Rose jersey at every opportunity possible but I implicitly trust the medical team's advice who I've worked with over the last year.

"I will continue to work hard to ensure I'm in the best condition for whenever I'm back playing for Lancashire this season."

Lancashire are 1212/1 to win the T20 Blast this year while Yorkshire can be backed at 1212/1.

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