County Stats (19/20 season)
Josh Poysden arrived at Emerald Headingley towards the end of 2018, initially on loan prior to a three-year contract, at an exciting stage of his career.
A Sussex-born leg-spinner with significant experience under his belt having played for Warwickshire and represented the England Lions, he still has the capability for marked improvement.
Aged 29, ahead of 2021, that very much remains the case even though his first two years with the White Rose have thrown up challenges.
In mid-2019, he suffered a fractured skull having been hit in the nets and was not fit to return until the start of 2020, a campaign delayed until August due to Coronavirus.
He is a player whose opportunities have come largely through white ball cricket during a career which began with a first-class debut for Cambridge MCC Universities against Sir Alastair Cook and Essex in 2011.
Since then, including his debut, he has only played 14 first-class fixtures as opposed to 32 in List A cricket and 32 in T20.
Poysden started life as a league cricketer behind the stumps, but he was inspired to take up leg-spin having watched Pakistan great Mushtaq Ahmed in his pomp at Sussex.
He played Academy and second-team cricket at Hove, but his chances were limited with Will Beer on the staff, a trend which would continue having moved to Edgbaston on trial in 2014, with Bears legend Jeetan Patel the first choice spin option.
Poysden sub-fielded for England in the 2015 home Ashes series and went on to play Lions cricket in early 2017. He has also regularly spent winters playing grade cricket in Sydney and has worked closely with former Australian Test leggie Stuart MacGill.
He has taken two Championship five-wicket hauls, both for Warwickshire in 2016 and 2018 respectively. In 2017, he played in the ECB’s one-day North v South series in the UAE.
Poysden also has an interest in sports journalism, something he nearly studied, and hosts a podcast about spin bowling called Spin Badger.
He took five wickets in four Vitality Blast games in 2020, including three wickets in a win at Durham, to mark a welcome return to first-team action following that aforementioned head injury.