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Last Updated:  Monday, 3 March, 2003, 19:23 GMT

Davison keen on county deal
By Oliver Brett
BBC Sport in Benoni

John davison celebrates
Davison takes his first wicket against New Zealand
Canadian John Davison is hoping his eye-catching efforts during the World Cup might attract the interest of an English county side.

Davison, an aggressive, fast-scoring batsman and a canny off-spinner, boasts a game ideally suited to one-day cricket.

He picked up two Man of the Match awards in Canada's six games and also has experience of playing state cricket for South Australia.

English counties are permitted to include two overseas players for the 2003 season and there are still one or two vacancies.

Davison scored 75 off just 62 balls in his side's final match against New Zealand, with four sixes in his innings, and also also took three wickets.

Earlier in the tournament, he hit the fastest century in World Cup history against a stunned West Indies team and ended up averaging 37.7 with the bat and 18.7 with the ball.

Davison said: "A lot of good friendships were made here and a lot of good contacts were made.

"We also received a lot of admiration from the South African public.

"I would definitely be available to play county cricket in England if the opportunity arose. I am available."

Davison expressed a hint of frustration that Canada's campaign did not go even better.

Although they beat Bangladesh, they were unable really to hurt any other sides and it was their batting which tended to be their weak suit.

"A couple of guys found it difficult to get off strike," he said, referring to the middle overs of the Canadian innings in Benoni.

Davison was asked if he would be tempted to stay in South Africa in case Australia, for whom he is also qualified, had an injury crisis.

"I'd love to hang around and keep playing but I don't think that's going to happen," he laughed.

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