Keeper Davies replaces Ambrose in one-day squad

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It was always likely that Steven Davies would be summoned by England. In his case, this was on the grounds that he had something to offer both as gloveman and batsman rather than the perception that every wicketkeeper in England seems to be given a bash sooner or later.

The selectors' approach to the keeper's berth in all forms of the game has been a mish-mash of muddle-headedness and ill-conception. They have been unable to alight, for any length of time, on an individual or his role in the side.

Thus, Davies (right) would be advised not to express his delight too effusively after being picked for the one-day squad which will play in the West Indies in March.

He is going as back-up to Matt Prior, replacing Tim Ambrose in the party that toured India. The selectorial switch, not surprisingly, requires some contortions. Davies will start out with the Lions squad in New Zealand before exchanging places in the Caribbean with Ambrose who has kept his place as reserve keeper in the Test squad.

Davies was occasionally rampant in one-day matches last summer. Promoted to open the batting for Worcestershire, he made 641 runs at more than a run a ball. His keeping is solid, not spectacular, and some say he is quiet. This will be welcome to most eardrums, as standing next to the speakers at Glastonbury can be less taxing than listening to some keepers.