Aus­tralian crick­eters in­spir­ing for Parkes


IF WALES fi­nally end their decade-long los­ing streak to the Wal­la­bies this week­end, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist will have played a part.

In an in­trigu­ing twist to the match build-up, Wales’ Ki­wi­born cen­tre Hadleigh Parkes re­vealed he was in­spired by the great Aus­tralian cricket team of last decade.

Parkes, who has played nine Tests for Wales, will be a cen­tral fig­ure for a Welsh side on a six-match win­ning streak, look­ing to end a 13-match los­ing streak to Aus­tralia that be­gan in 2009.

“I grew up fas­ci­nated by the Aussie cricket side and the amaz­ing era they had. You had to love Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath,” he said.

“I loved the whole team; Matthew Hay­den, Justin Langer, and all their great bats­man. Adam Gilchrist was spe­cial.

“There was their rugby team as well at that time with John Eales, Ge­orge Gre­gan and Stephen Larkham.

“They are pretty aren’t they?

“They play at a high tempo. They have a lot of plays, they look to bring Is­rael Fo­lau into it, and it will be a game where the ball is chucked around a lot.” skil­ful,

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