In same room over international indoors hitout
ONE man is a veteran, the other is just starting out, but Townsville’s Luke Waters and Barry Morrison say they are both in the same boat ahead of this year’s Trans- Tasman Indoor Cricket Series.
Waters and Morrison have been selected in Australia’s over- 35 and over- 55 teams respectively for the upcoming five- game series being held in the Bay of Plenty after dominating their fields at the Queensland Championships.
Morrison has represented Australia five times and has seen and done it all, having won world cup titles and beaten the likes of New Zealand and South Africa on a regular basis.
Waters is making his international debut and will be gleaning some information from Morrison, but the newcomer is ready to come out firing for the green and gold.
“I went to Brisbane and played a fair bit of cricket before nationals this year, so I’m not too nervous,” Waters said. “It’s pretty exciting.
“It came about from playing for North Queensland and then for Queensland, and from that we won the state finals and I happened to get picked.
“I actually missed the dinner when the team was announced, so I wasn’t expecting it but it’s a huge honour.”
Like all indoor cricketers the pair are all- rounders and they are expected to be equally strong in all areas of the game.
“You have to be able to bat, you have to be able to field and you have to be able to bowl,” Morrison said.
“If you can’t field it’s pretty hard to hide; you bowl for two overs and you bat for four overs.
“If you can’t do everything you do tend to struggle.”
The Trans- Tasman series is set to be held on an annual basis to help strengthen the international indoor cricket scene in between world cups, which both Morrison and Waters plan to play in two years.
Morrison said he would be more than happy to lend Waters some advice throughout October’s series.
“When you’re first playing internationally it’s a big deal and you do get a bit nervous, but with all the work you do here with getting prepared and the competition we play, you’re ready to go,” he said.
“You don’t have to worry about anything.
“You believe in your abilities, so when you get to that level you’re fine.”
SWAPPING ADVICE: Local indoor cricketers Luke Waters and Barry Morrison are off to New Zealand to compete for Australia.