Birmingham's best leggy

Alongside Jeetan Patel and Ateeq Javid, Josh gives Birmingham the option of selecting one of the most effective spin-bowling trios in the country.

Originally a wicketkeeper, Josh was inspired to take-up leg-spin by watching Mushtaq Ahmed at Sussex. Good decision!

He soon impressed with his calm temperament and impressive control and played for Sussex's academy and second team but then joined the Bears in search of greater opportunity. He has seized that opportunity.

Josh has made himself a valuable member of the squad, playing in most NatWestT20Blast games in the last two years. Successive winters in Australia have further assisted his development and his ability to hold his nerve under pressure has earned a place in the national selectors' notebooks.

Josh spent part of this winter with the England Lions group. A bright future beckons!

Supported by the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust through the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme

Josh Poysden Fact File

Role: Spin-bowler

Birmingham Bears squad number: 14

Age: 25


Sports team beyond cricket: West Ham

Holiday destination: Sydney

Cricket hero: Chris Scott

Quote: "Don't look back and wish you had worked harder"