LEARNING TOUR: Joshua Andrew, 15 is embarking on a trip to Bangalore in his bid to become a professional cricketer.
LEARNING TOUR: Joshua Andrew, 15 is embarking on a trip to Bangalore in his bid to become a professional cricketer. Mike Richards GLA070215CRIK

Young cricketer takes to the pitch in India

JOSHUA Andrew takes on the A-grade cricket competition week in, week out. But that isn't the biggest challenge this 15-year-old faces.

The all-rounder is off to India - the hub of cricket and fans of the sport - to play in the Darren Lehmann Academy side.

He's on tour for a week and a half, and he hopes to learn what it is going to take to be among the elite of world cricket. He says this is the first step towards a professional career.

"We train all day and then play afterwards. It is going to be a good experience."

Andrew will play six 50-over matches and two Twenty20 matches, as well as attend an Indian Premier League match over there.

He hopes the feed will help him.

"I want to learn what I need to improve on, what it is like to be a professional and what I need to do to go to that level," he said. "It will teach me what I need to do in preparation for matches and I want to see whether I want to focus on batting or bowling."

Andrew's talent and performance in representative cricket caught the eye of scouts.. Before he knew it, a trip to Bangalore was booked.

"Brian Hawke from Townsville was watching me play and he referred me to the academy and they rang me up and talked to me," he said.

"I need to thank my mum and dad, Brian Hawke from Rorz cricket and the hydro team from GLNG."

"All of my other family as well, and Yaralla cricket club."



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