INDOOR CRICKET: At just 18 years old, Lockyer Valley cricketer Jeremy Crighton will hit the nets in the coveted green and gold of Australia.
Crighton was selected for the honour after a solid hit-out for Queensland in the 21 and under men’s team in the National Open Indoor Championships in Melbourne.
It was the third time Crighton had played for Queensland in the competition.
Despite losing to Western Australia for the third year in a row at the nationals, Crighton said he was honoured to have been among the 12 selected for the Australian U22 men’s team.
“I was just shocked and in disbelief,” Crighton said.
“If someone said five years ago when I started indoor cricket that I was going to play for my state, meet amazing people and to eventually represent the country I wouldn’t change a thing to be honest.
The Australian team was announced at a presentation dinner at the MCG following the nationals tournament.
“It was unbelievable (to be selected) and it made it even more special that two of my best mates that I’ve known for many years made it into the team with me,” he said.
“I’ve played with them (Blaine Schloss and Matt Schubert) for many years through super league indoor cricket and Queensland cricket so it’s going to be amazing to share it with them.”
Crighton will officially represent Australia in September for a Trans-Tasman test series against New Zealand to be held at Port Macquarie.
Despite being an experienced representative player, Crighton said New Zealand would be a new level of competition.
"New Zealand are always very strong competitors," he said.
"They always put up a good fight and are a highly regarded indoor cricket side and you’ve got to go in there expecting a big fight.
"Its no different to the national level, you go in there knowing that anyone on their day is good enough to beat you and put up a challenge and you have to be ready for the challenge or you are just going to get put back into your place.
"I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.
Despite the U22 men’s team being dispersed across many states, Crighton said preparations for the Trans-Tasman test would not be hindered.
"Our coach and manager is actually from Queensland and five other Queenslanders were picked in the Australian team too so I’m fortunate there are a few here and we can all work together and have training sessions together," he said.
"There were a few Queensland open women and open men that got picked as well so all the Queenslanders that made the Australian sides will all train together really."
Despite playing for Australia now a reality for Crighton, the talented cricketer still held dreams of a national title for Queensland.
"For a lot of people there dream would be to play for Australia but I want to win a national title," he said.
"We’ve lost to Western Australia for three years in a row now by one run two years in a row and we lost by a little bit more this year.
"But, just to be able to hold a trophy high and say you are a national champion would be unbelievable.
Crighton said he was thankful for all who had helped him on the path to a spot on the Australian team.
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