Following on from Cricket Australia’s youth-skewed Test selection policy over the 2018/19 summer, Greg Chappell has announced that he is ‘keeping an eye’ on a kid who fielded one ball in an Australia v ACA XI Twenty20 match back in 2008 for a potential Ashes call-up.
Tom, who has yet to officially earn an international cap, was brought on to the field to replace Andrew Symonds in the 15th over of an exhibition T20 match over a decade ago and showed ‘promising signs’ according to selector Chappell.
While Tom hasn’t made an impact with the bat or ball at first class level in recent times, Chappell is keen to give the now 19-year old a chance at the highest level.
“He’s had a quiet run of form lately but he’s showed tremendous cool under pressure and a level-head, and sometimes that’s what you need in a high intensity series like the Ashes,” said former Australian captain Chappell.
“Some people think it’s a bit of a left-field idea but if it comes off we’ll look like geniuses.
“Plus, we’ve already tried literally everyone,” said Chappell before whispering “that we like” behind his hand.
Tom, who’s midway through a Bachelor of Economics, said he was up for the idea.
“Sure, I’ll give it a go,” said Tom.
“It lines up with a European Contiki tour I’ve got booked anyway. I’ll just have to cancel the bus trip to Prague and finish up early, but I reckon I can swing it.
“Well, when I say that, I mean I reckon I can make it happen. I doubt I could swing a cricket ball. I haven’t bowled since I played under-16s.”
The Ashes begins in August with the final squad to be announced closer to the date.