Gympie cricketer to wear green and gold in UK
CRICKET: Star Gympie cricketer Brendan Westlake will tour the United Kingdom in July after making the final cut of the Australian inclusion cricket side.
In what will be his first overseas tour in the green and gold, Westlake was named in a 14 man squad at the weekend after a stand out performance at the team's final selection training camp recently.
Australian coach John Lonergan said Westlake was impressive during the selection progress and will provide the bowling and fielding platform Australia has lacked in previous tours.
"He is an exceptional all-round cricketer,” Lonergan told The Gympie Times.
"He is an athlete in the field which is something we need.
"He bowls with such energy, he will be used as one of our main strike bowlers.”
Claiming Man-Of-The Series honours at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships earlier this year, Westlake is tipped to open the Aussie bowling attack as well as bat in the upper order.
Lonergan said a leadership role for the Harlequins gun would not be out of the question, sighting his mentoring of younger players in the side as a reason for his selection.
The National Cricket Inclusion program caters for athletes with either an intellectual disability as well as hearing or sight related impairments.
Lonergan said the program plays a crucial role in the overall Australian cricketing landscape.
"It (National Cricket Inclusion Program) obviously gives eligible players the chance to represent their state and country, but while the players are in this environment we focus on their cricket ability, not the things holding them back,” he said.