One of only a handful of Indigenous cricketers to represent NSW, Josh Lalor has often struggled to secure his place in the Blues side despite several impressive performances.
The left-arm quick took five wickets in his debut first-class match in 2011 and later that year he picked up his maiden five-for against Tasmania in a match dominated by the bat.
But the depth of fast-bowling at the Blues has meant Lalor has spent a lot of his time playing Second XI cricket, failing to play a match in NSW’s successful Sheffield Shield campaign in 2013-14.
A part of Australia’s successful campaign at the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, Nic Maddinson made history later that year when, aged just 18, he became the youngest ever player to score a century on first-class debut for NSW.
The left-hander scored 113 against South Australia at Adelaide Oval before posting 137 against Queensland just two months later.
Identified as a potential star, Maddinson earned several Australia A call-ups before he made his international debut for Australia in a T20 against India in 2013.
He was also a crucial part of Sydney Sixers’ successful Big Bash League campaign in 2011-12 and in 2014 earned a contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.