Dubbo juniors Tom Atlee and Tom Coady will represent Australia at the upcoming indoor cricket Junior World Series. Photo: BELINDA SOOLENO matter what sport you play the ultimate dream is to wear the green and gold and represent your country.
The fact two indoor cricketers from Dubbo are about to do that before either of them has even reached 15 years of age is nothing short of incredible.
Tom Atlee and Tom Coady depart Dubbo this week and head to Brisbane to play for Australia A in the indoor cricket Junior World Series.
Both players earned the right to take on the best up-and-comers after playing starring roles for the NSW Cyclones at the recent Australian Championships.
As well as Atlee and Coady, Dubbo will have two other representatives in action.
Former local junior Wade Burrowes, now based in Canberra, has confirmed himself as one of the finest young indoor cricketers in the country after being selected for the Australian under-17s side while Dubbo Sports World general manager Greg King will coach the under-17s Australia A side.
Fourteen-year-old Atlee will represent Australia A in the under-15s while Coady, who is still only 11-years-old, will be playing for the under-13s side and both admitted they could not wait to get on the courts.
“Really excited and it’s going to be fun,” Atlee said.
“I worked hard for it.”
Coady has been training up to four times a week in preparation and is set to be a key player for his side after announcing himself as one of the NSW’s best batsmen at the Australian Championships.
“It was really good with my performances and I didn’t really know (if I’d be selected for Australia) but I wanted to,” he said.
The World Series, played every three years, gets under way on Saturday with 16 teams competing across under-13s, 15s and 17s.
As well as the Australian and Australia A sides, South Africa and New Zealand will also be taking part at the Toombul Indoor Sports Centre and Atlee, Coady and Burrowes will each take on both those international sides.
“Everyone is talking Australia up but not sure how it will go, you wouldn’t know,” Atlee said of the competition.
Atlee also had positive words to say about King and cricket at Dubbo in general.
Both players credit a lot of their success to King and Dan French at Dubbo Sports World with these selections again strengthening Dubbo’s claims as one of the leading indoor cricket centres in the country.
“It’s going to be a good opportunity for ‘Kingy’, he’s a good coach and deserves it,” Atlee said, before speaking about the strength of cricket at Dubbo.
“Dubbo cricket is improving a lot and there’s a lot of good young talent so it will go well over the coming years.”
While in Brisbane the Dubbo representatives will be in camp with their squads and looked after by Cricket Australia but there will be a chance to get out and see some sights during a rest day.
While Coady is excited for the holiday, there was no doubt in his answer when asked what he was looking forward to most at Brisbane.
“Playing cricket,” he said.
The Junior World Series is played at Brisbane’s Toombul Indoor Sports Centre from September 26 to October 3.
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