Laurie Evans on finishing as one of England's best "uncapped" white-ball player

Laurie Evans on finishing as one of England’s best “uncapped” white-ball player

Laurie Evans is one of 24 England players in this weekend’s IPL auction but is unlikely to be paying much attention to the event in Benglauru.
 
While many of the two-dozen will have an eye on the event from various time-zones – either in the UK or Asia – Evans will be fast asleep through both days of the auction while enjoying his vacation in Antigua, a much-needed break with his young family after being two months away from them in Australia this season.
 
Evans had the ambitions of playing in Big Bash for a number of years and when the opportunity came up to feature for Perth Scorchers this season, he grabbed it with both hands. It was reported at various stages that his family – his wife Verity and their young son Josh – might be able to fly out without quarantining, but the BBL’s strict Covid-19 protocols didn’t let that happen
 
Evans, 34, has never played for England, and with his age not being in his favor, perhaps he might never get the call up from selection board. The closest Evans has come to international cricket was an enlarged training squad ahead of England’s ODI series against Ireland 18 months ago, and at this age, he is at peace with the idea that he may have to settle for being one of the country’s best uncapped white-ball players.
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“There were a lot of highs and lows,” Evans told a media outlet, shortly before flying to the Caribbean. “It didn’t take me long to accept the gig but the harsh reality was that I probably wasn’t going to see my family for a long time. There was a bit of talk they might be able to come over, but it became apparent it wasn’t going to happen.
 
“That realisation was pretty tough. It was really difficult over Christmas. Josh had grown up so much in the time I was away and I missed his birthday. I remember getting off the phone as the realisation set in that I wasn’t going to see them. There were a few tears in the airport lounge but luckily Adam Voges [Scorchers head coach] was sat right next to me and consoled me – he was brilliant the whole way through.”
 
“I would happily say that my time has probably gone but you never know. If there’s an opportunity around the corner, I’m sure I’d be ready for it. But I’m very happy with where I’m at. I’ll just keep on trying to perform and enjoy meeting new people and turning up and trying to… not prove people wrong, but make people walk away and think ‘bloody hell, that Laurie is a decent player’.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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