Tasmania had one eye on the future when they signed Gabe Bell to bolster their pace stocks.
Having only just turned 18, it is unlikely the Trevallyn junior will get a game in the seniors in 2013/14.
However, he has an excellent opportunity to stake his claim in both the local grade competition as well as the Futures League.
The under-23 state competition has been the breeding ground for young stars. Seen as a catalyst competition for emerging players, it mixes young guns with a handful of seasoned veterans who are on the cusp of first team selection.
The fast bowler has proven to be a more than handy customer with impressive showings in the under-19 tri-series tournament in Darwin.
Coming on as first change, Bell finished with 3/34 from his 10 overs to be the pick of the bowlers in Australia’s loss to India.
Another solid showing against Papua New Guinea was followed by a loss to New Zealand, where he managed to pick up a wicket.
The international experience he gained in the side will do wonders for his confidence, and will show him what is required to play at the highest level.