HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX

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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

Crit­i­cal eye: Lee Fur­long

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