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Surrey duo Davies and Tremlett ready for Ashes battle

Steven Davies and Chris Tremlett
Steven Davies (left) has yet to make his test debut

Surrey duo Steven Davies and Chris Tremlett say they are raring to go as England's Ashes squad prepare to fly to Australia on Friday.

Both wicketkeeper Davies and fast bowler Tremlett are seen as back-up ahead of the tour but the pair say they are desperate for a chance.

"You never know what can happen on tour and I could be playing in that first Test," Davies told BBC London 94.9.

"If Matt [Prior] is ill or gets injured you just never know."

Davies has yet to make his test debut but the 24-year-old has played six one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches for England.

He added: "I can't wait to get over there and get started. I'm going over there as second wicketkeeper, everyone knows that, but just to be part of it, the build up and all the hype that surrounds it, it's a dream come true for any cricketer.

"I do feel a little bit more part of the squad now having played in the series against Pakistan and I'm very excited about it."

Tremlett, who played his three Tests against India in 2007, taking 13 wickets, was part of the last Ashes squad to tour Australia and featured in the one-day series.

The 29-year-old returns to the squad having taken 48 wickets at an average of 20 in his first year with Surrey.

"I was the 12th man for four Ashes test matches [in 2005] so I was involved in the hype then and that was amazing," he said.

"It would be extra special to bring the Ashes home but I'm just so grateful and so honoured to be part of the squad.

"I just want to grab the opportunity with both hands, enjoy it and hopefully we'll come back with the little urn."



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