In same room over in­ter­na­tional in­doors hitout

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

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.”

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

SWAP­PING AD­VICE: Lo­cal in­door crick­eters Luke Wa­ters and Barry Mor­ri­son are off to New Zealand to com­pete for Aus­tralia.

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