FUTURE STARS PAD UP
MITCHELL Starc and Virat Kohli won’t be the only cricketers showcasing their talents during next weekend’s historic first Test at Optus Stadium — WA’s next crop of young stars will be out in force too.
More than 700 kids will have an opportunity to bat, bowl and field on the same stage as their idols and in front of thousands of spectators as part of junior program Woolworths Cricket Blast.
The lucky youngsters, all under 10 years old, will be let loose on the Optus Stadium turf during lunch on each day of the Test.
Western Australian Cricket Association cricket manager James Hewitt said it was an opportunity for boys and girls to experience the excitement of playing on a professional ground.
“They used to do the same thing at the WACA — my kids did it back in 2012 and they still talk about it today,” he said.
“We’ll be out there for 25 minutes during lunch and the kids will take part in a combination of skill stations and modified games.”
The fourth day of the Test is dedicated to country kids, many of whom will be visiting the stadium for the first time.
The second Test between Australia and India begins on Friday.
Field of dreams: Luke Donoghey, Holly Flegg, Declan Barton, Keelia Barton, Elsie Flegg, Charlotte Armstrong, William Armstrong and James Donaghey.