David Payne is an English cricketer. He was born on 15 February 1991 in Poole, Dorset, England. In the domestic circuit, the left-arm pacer is a key member of the Gloucestershire County club. He was instrumental in his side’s victory in the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup.
The 30-year-old started his career with promise. His first big stage was the 2010 U-19 cricket World Cup in New Zealand. With the plethora of quick bowling options England has had at their disposal, Payne has not got a look in until now. Injuries hampered his game in 2013 and 2014. But over the last five years, Gloucestershire’s bowling line-up leader has been very successful in the limited-overs format.
Despite stringent Bio-Bubble measures, three England players and four staff members have tested positive for Covid-19. As per ECB, England’s ODI and T20I series against Pakistan will go ahead. This has resulted in an excellent opportunity for Payne, who could make his debut in the series. He is part of a group of nine uncapped cricketers in the 18-member English squad.
It may have surprised a few, but he richly deserves the England call-up. Payne couldn’t hide his emotions and said, “This has been the dream for a long time. I’m not sure words can describe how I’m feeling – I’m ecstatic, and I can’t stop smiling. It’s everything everyone plays for, so to finally get that call is everything I ever wanted.”
Payne bowls left-arm medium pace. He is a useful right-handed batter and can get some handy runs. His figures of 7 for 29 against Essex are still the best by a Gloucestershire bowler.
David is married to Millie Huntley Payne. The couple welcomed a baby daughter into the world in May 2021.
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