An elegant yet destructive wicketkeeper batsman, Steven Davies is without doubt one of the most feared and dominant players in the English game. A former England player that has excelled throughout his career, Davies has also been somewhat of a trailblazer having become the first international cricketer to announce that he was gay, a revelation he made during an interview with The Daily Telegraph. Having already come out to his family five years earlier and already out to his teammates, Davies’ announcement was a huge step for the cricketing and sporting world. An example and role-model for many, the stylish left-hander received support from people worldwide namely the great, Elton John. Steve Davies is an admired, talented and cherished cricketer that is available to hire as a speaker for events, dinners and functions through the Champions Speakers agency.
Bursting onto the international stage in a Twenty20 against West Indies in 2009, Davies was selected for his tremendous progress and ability that he had showed for Worcestershire CCC. Although he was consistent, his selection and treatment was quite the opposite as he found himself forever in and out of the team. Despite this, Davies remained focused and determined to persevere leading to him replacing Craig Kieswetter in the 50-over side and travelling to Australia in 2010-11 as England’s first-choice wicketkeeper in limited-overs cricket and back-up to Matt Prior in the Test squad.
True to form however, things did not last. Just one game into the seven-match ODI that series that preceded the World Cup, Davies was unexpectedly dumped from the team and replaced by Prior who went on to the World Cup without much success. This harsh treatment and frustration has been widely criticised by the cricket public who believe that Davies should have been a regular fixture within the team. During his work as a speaker, Steve sheds more light on this topic in addition to sharing the tools, tactics and strategies he used to continually comeback from setbacks. Earmarked as a player with England potential from a young age, Steven Davies’ talent was obvious. Finishing above the legendary Graeme Hick in the Worcestershire averages in his debut season in 2005, Davies was immediately selected for the National Academy and toured the West Indies with England A that winter. A former England Under-19 captain, Davies has impressed everyone who has come across him and, vitally, his glove-work is an excellent standard as is his imperious and dismissive stroke-play.
Never one to rest on his laurels, in 2009, Davies was ready for a new challenge which resulted in a moved from Worcestershire to Surrey where he was given the responsibility and opportunity of batting in the top order and in doing so reigniting his International aspirations. Wonderfully fluent through the offside with a remarkable ability to effortless hit the ball in the air and away to the boundary, Steve remains a joy to watch for fans across the nation. During his presentations as a speaker, Davies discusses the reasons he left Worcester as well as shedding light on the thriving culture at Surrey CCC. Having publicly come out just two seasons into his time at the London club, Steven also inspires guests with his reasons for choosing to tell the world when he did and expressing the support he received.
Going through one of the hardest times in not only his career but also his life following the loss of his dear friend and teammate, Tom Maynard, Davies was left considering his future in the game. Deciding to continue to ply his trade, Steve Davies was nothing short of emphatic the following season and was soon once again tipped for International honours. However, much to the surprise of many, including Surrey, Steven decided to give up the gloves early in the season, requesting to be picked as a specialist batsman instead, while his ability was never in question, many believe the decision effectively consigned his England career to the past. When hired for events through the Champions Speakers agency, Steven expresses the reasons for his decision and in doing so provides a unique insight that many are unaware of.
The nagging sense was that while Davies was one of the most aesthetically pleasing players on the county circuit, he was yet to fulfil his potential. Davies’ uncertainty over his future role caused him to leave Surrey for Somerset at the end of 2016, the best memory of his farewell season an impeccable century against Yorkshire in the Royal London Cup semi-final at Headingley to take Surrey to their second successive Lord’s final. Having gone on to be an integral member of the squad and be a major part of the clubs transformation, Davies’ maiden century for his new county aptly came against his former club, Surrey.
A charismatic and infectious character that is immensely talented, Davies is not only a consummate professional but also a true gentleman. Able to share a host of entertaining and insightful tales and anecdotes from his career within the game, Davies is also well placed to discuss diversity, inclusion and LGBT, a topic close to his heart. The superb cricketer and first openly gay International cricketer, has inspired many around the world to be themselves and is now available to hire as a speaker for your next event through the Champions Speakers agency.
To book Steven Davies as the cricket speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
When at corporate events, Steven is known to cover the following topics:
- Cricket Speaker
- Overcoming Adversity
- Teamwork & Leadership
- Drive & Determination
- Cricket World Cup
- Cricket Batsman