Cats recruit to face toughest challenge

City United cricket export Josh Garner has earned selection in Vic Country’s initial under-17 squad for this year’s national carnival in Brisbane.

Colac cricketer Josh Garner says his latest challenge to vie for Victorian selection is likely to be his toughest yet.

The 16-year-old has continued his journey through the state’s pathway system, earning a spot in Vic Country’s initial under-17 squad for September’s national championships.

Garner has already captained Victoria three times in his blossoming cricket career, twice at under-12 level and more recently in the under-15 age bracket to stamp his authority as one of the state’s premier all-rounders in the junior ranks.

But the Trinity College Colac Year 10 student said he wasn’t expecting a walk-up selection in the under-17 team.

Garner will start training sessions with his potential new teammates in Melbourne later this month in a bid to gain selection for the national carnival in Queensland later this year.

“The under-17s start to get a bit more serious, so I’m looking forward to testing myself out a bit more,” he said.

“Every team you make there’s always four or five different kids, so that just shows the shuffling that goes on throughout the years.”

City United product Garner confirmed a likely move to Geelong in Victorian Premier Cricket in 2019-20.

The right-arm quick and hard-hitting batsman said playing a handful of games with the Cats’ fourths team last summer and getting to know some of their players through the Barwon Rockets representative program had made the move easier.

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