Poysden proves a safe pair of hands for England

Published: 7 August 2015 at 10:54

Josh Poysden Cricket

Former Anglia Ruskin student played key role in famous Ashes win as substitute fielder.

Anglia Ruskin alumnus and former MCCU spin bowler Josh Poysden played an unexpectedly vital role in England's spectacular victory over Australia in the third Ashes test at Edgbaston.

Josh entered proceedings as sub fielder following an injury to Jimmy Anderson and was perfectly placed to catch a shot from Mitchell Starc, ending the Australian innings at lunchtime on Friday and setting up the opportunity for England to win the match, which they took later that day.

Josh, 23, who plays first-class cricket for Warwickshire, studied Sports Coaching and Physical Education at Anglia Ruskin. A self-confessed late developer, he only made his debut for the Cambridge MCCU side in 2011.

His Championship debut for Warwickshire only came in June and admitted his dream was to play for England - but he could not have expected his opportunity to become a key figure in an Ashes series would come so soon.

Josh said: "It all happened pretty quickly. Warwickshire put me forward to be 12th man, they knew I was keen so they got me involved, although I wouldn't describe myself as the best fielder in the squad! It was quite close to the start of play when I was told I would be needed, so I just had time to get my whites on and before long I was coming out onto the field.

"The first five minutes was probably the most nerve wracking time of my life, but it's just a case of keeping your concentration. The catch was quite straightforward and the first feeling was relief that I'd held on to it. Ian Bell, my team mate at Warwickshire came straight up to congratulate me. It sunk in over the next couple of hours that I'd taken a catch in the Ashes!"

And Josh was grateful for his time studying at Anglia Ruskin between 2010 and 2013: "I was a late developer and it's great to have that degree. What I learned in my time at Anglia Ruskin is quite closely aligned with the training I do now so it has really worked out well and it has helped me take my game to the next level."