Exciting times for debutants and domestic cricket.
As I sit here in the change rooms of the SCG during day one of the NSW v VIC Sheffield Shield match, there is no place like home.
A magnificent place for cricket and so much history looking up at the honour boards.
How sweet it would be to have your name on there as taking a 5-wicket haul or scoring a 100 for your county in a test match.
The NSW boys are in trouble early with the two debutants out and we are 4/45 in gloomy swinging conditions.
Will be tough work from here but with Kato and Moises in the middle and plenty of batting to come I'm sure we will be fine!
Certainly an exciting time in NSW cricket, with Sean Abbott, a hard hitting all-rounder, Scott 'Scooter' Henry and Tim Cruikshank all making their First Class debut's in the last 7 days.
Something any First Class cricketer will know and cherish is that first match, that first ball they face, the first runs, and for me... the first wicket you take holds a significant place in the memory bank.
I remember it like it was yesterday against QLD at the SCG. Hopefully these three will go on to play many games for us and score plenty!
Its not only debutants which are exciting cricket fans and players alike.
There are wickets falling around the domestic scene, hundreds being scored and some new players really shining through in both forms of the game for States and Country.
Pat Cummins is one at international level who is obviously causing a stir.
He's a bright kid with a big future ahead of him and I have no doubt he will play for Australia for a long time to come.
Having had the honour of presenting Patty with his Baggy Blue NSW cap last season and playing a lot with him when he first started his career, I will always watch on with interest and hopefully bowling from the other end would be nice!
Some others who have started well in domestic cricket outside of NSW are Dan Christian, Callum Ferguson and Tom Cooper all with runs against NSW last week, Liam Davis and Nathan Coulter-Nile with plenty of runs and wickets respectively for WA, Jayde Herrick with 5-for in this shield game and the great man former New South Welshman and new QLD Bulls Batsman/Part-Time Skipper/and bowler when he's captain... Peter Forrest.
Foz is a serious talent and it's great to see guys take their opportunity with both hands.
Here's some food for thought... Moises Henriques is in serious touch at the moment, with bat and ball.
Having seen him do very well in the Champions League T20, come back and start very well in the Sheffield Shield in Adelaide last week and more recently with our great Sydney Grade club - St. George he is most definitely one to watch for NSW and no doubt Australia in the near future.
The past few weeks upon return from Sri Lanka have seen a bit of grade cricket, which I love playing.
Getting a lot of overs under my belt there has been priceless and feel as though I am bowling really well.
NSW also had a Ryobi Cup followed by Sheffield Shield matches in Adelaide where I opened the bowling with the SELF Proclaimed "Twin Towers" - Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Fantastic to see these boys both back on the park after injury and I can tell you they are bowling well and are NO fun to face in the nets.
Although we lost that Ryobi game and I ended up with no wickets (much to my disgust) the ball came out great and there were definitely positives to take out of it.
Outside of cricket it has been great to have some time with my fiancé at home - these occasions are few and far between at the present time with representative duties calling for both of us.
It wouldn't be fair on Usman and Moises if I didn't give them a Netball update, Kim and the Australian Diamonds have won their recent test series against England 3-0 with Kim the MVP in the second match which was exciting!
They are now locked at 1-1 with the NZ Silver Ferns with the final match on this Sunday in Melbourne. Should be a tight one for a change!!!
With the test squad being named last week I am ecstatic to be given an opportunity to head over to South Africa.
Renowned as being one of the toughest Test Match tours I am sure it will be a great contest! I have been to South Africa previously in 2003 on a NSW Combined High Schools tour lead by Damian Toohey, so I am sure I will reflect on some of those experiences in the coming weeks.
The first of which will be at Potchefstroom where we played a match on that tour.
For those of you who didn't know, I was a wicket-keeper then and in the first ten overs of that game I was keeping up to the stumps, got hit in the jaw and proceeded to take no further part in the match - and landing myself the Glass-Jaw award for the tour.
Lets hope this visit will be far more prosperous.
I will be blogging along the way in South Africa so I will try to keep you updated with the behind the scenes goss and how we are travelling hopefully on a successful two match tour.
Until next time.
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