Coulthard eyes future honours after representing Australia in green and gold
MIALLO cricketer David Coulthard has returned from his first trip overseas wearing the Australian colours even more determined to make a name for himself in the sport.
The talented 15-year- old has just returned from a tour of the United Arab Emeriates as part of the Australian Schoolboys Under-15 team where he played nine games against the UAE’s best teams.
Coulthard starred with the ball for the Australian outfit, earning one man- of-thematch award and a bag of wickets in the one 50- over match and eight Twenty20 fixtures played on tour.
The Australian team lost only one match and Coulthard is keen to continue his progress in the sport.
It was an amazing experience for the Mossman State High School Year 10 student, who had never been overseas before.
“It felt strange stepping off the plane, it was hot and I couldn’t believe how many buildings there were,” he said.
“But the hospitality we were shown was overwhelming, everyone was so nice and helpful.”
Coulthard played on a variety of fields, from a concrete pitch to a field with a dirt outfield to a beautifully manicured oval, and managed to master them all as opening or first change bowler.
“The best part of it was meeting all my new teammates, after 15 days touring together we were all really close and it was hard to say goodbye to them,” he said.
“It was different playing over there, the wickets turn a lot more.
“But it made me want to take my cricket a lot further and really work hard towards making another tour.”
Coulthard is playing for United in the Cairns competition this season which is helping him develop his game.
“The standard is a lot higher in the top grade but I’m really enjoying it,” he said.