BIG PLANS: Waqar Yunus, 17, has made the Queensland Under-17 side and will travel to Hobart as the only country cricketer in the team. He is hoping to put together a performance to make an Australian team at the nationals.
BIG PLANS: Waqar Yunus, 17, has made the Queensland Under-17 side and will travel to Hobart as the only country cricketer in the team. He is hoping to put together a performance to make an Australian team at the nationals. Jake Jones

Gladstone all-rounder zeros in on Aussie dream

WAQAR Yunus has taken a step closer to his dream of playing cricket for Australia, making the Queensland Under-17 side to travel to Tasmania.

Performing well in Brisbane for the North Queensland team, Yunus backed-up his selection for the state earlier this year in the under-16 side.

This time around, Yunus will be playing against all of Australia, something he didn't do last time and is looking forward to.

"This is the full country; this is where you could get into Australia if you are good enough," he said.

Making the national team is a big goal of the Gladstone leg spinner, after playing well and gaining necessary experience at the elite level.

The only spinner in the Queensland selection, Yunus will most likely bat at No.7 as an all-rounder.

He is a prized commodity in the side, and also the one who is out to surprise his metropolitan teammates.

"I am the only country player, I am pretty proud. The rest are pretty much Brisbane," he said.

Yunus made the team on the back of good performances in Brisbane playing for North Queensland.

Although not the best tournament he has had, his three bowling performances were economical, and his batting late in the innings at a good strike-rate.

It may have been his electric fielding that sealed the position for Queensland.

"I got a few run-outs and catches so that did help me," he said.

But Yunus can't wait to get to the Australian Championships where he will have more time to prove his worth.

"We play a couple of 50 over matches and three two-dayers," he said.

"I just want to bowl well, maybe well enough for the Australian team."

Yunus leaves for the tournament on November 28.

A training session in Brisbane will see him through to when the team flies to Hobart on November 30.



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