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IT’S interesting to measure the current crop of Australian cricketing superstars against the benchmark former opener Matthew Hayden sets for the hopefuls on this Fox8 talent search series.
‘‘ He needs to love the game of cricket; he needs to love his teammates; he needs to reflect what Australians love in their sporting icons.’’
Just how many of our money-hungry, headlinechasing, living-large players would make the grade?
As it is, skills on the pitch, rather than marketing prowess off it, are the focus here with legend Allan Border in the judge’s seat, charged with picking 15 challengers and then putting them to the test.
In this opening episode, you can almost feel how hungry these young players are to win a spot in Border’s 15 and nab the next best thing to a baggy green cap – a white version that signals you’ve made it into his starting line-up.
There are a few characters to keep it interesting.
Take Nathan Freebody, an 18-year-old batsman who moonlights as a radio relationships counsellor.
He’s got a touch of Shane
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