COLAC district cricketer Luke Inglis says he is pinching himself at an unexpected call-up to represent Vic Country at a week-long state carnival.
The 16-year-old earned a spot with a state under-17 side to play in a Country v Metro series in Cobram-Barooga starting on Monday.
Inglis, a right-hand batsman, has played representative cricket for the Barwon Rockets, but he said earning state honours was a shock.
“I’m very excited, surprised more than anything and I’m really looking forward to it, I tried out for under-12s but never made it this far,” Inglis said.
“I’ve had try-outs for it during the year and I’ve been juggling it a bit with footy and I missed a few games because of it.
“We had four net sessions at the G, but I missed the last one because of a snow trip, and then they chose the side.”
The Trinity College Colac student said coaching was limited during the selection process, but he still learnt things about his game alongside Victoria’s best cricketers in his age-bracket at the MCG training sessions.
“It was more seeing what you can do at the try-out sessions, but coaching’s starting to come in a bit more now,” he said.
“They’re starting to coach us and see what they want from us – there’s like six or eight coaches going down for the week.
“You learn a lot off the guys at training, they’re pretty handy and to see the way they go about it, is pretty full on.”
The six-day carnival incorporates a Twenty-20 match, 50-over game and two-day 80-over contest between the city and country cricket outfits.
Inglis is preparing to feature at the top of the batting order in the first two matches of the carnival which he hoped would continue for the 80-over game and his next goal of making the Victorian junior side.
“They’ve given us the batting and the bowling for the first two days, in the Twenty-20 I’m at three and I’m opening the 50-over game,” he said.
“It’s the highest I’ve gone, my first goal was to make the Vic Country side, so my next goal would be to make the Victorian side, and I’ve just got to keep working at it.”