Charlie plans to make his mark in Cairns
Charlie Kruger may only be a young cricketer, but with the line and arm that he’s developed, he hasn’t left anyone stumped about his natural talent.
Playing cricket since he was six years old, Charlie currently plays for the Wests team in the local junior competition and the South West Country under-13 rep team for the past two years.
During this time he has managed to catch the eye of selectors, and has now booked himself a ticket to Cairns to play for the U12 Darling Downs and South West Queensland team with the potential of being selected for the state side.
With this Sunday fast approaching, the nerves about the competition haven’t set in yet but there are definitely nerves there.
“I’m probably more nervous about getting on the plane because I’ve never been on one before,” he said.
“Mum and dad aren’t going to be there because they are driving up on Friday and I have to travel with the team.
“There is one friend from Roma though, who I’m good friends with, so it will be good to have him there because he’s been on a plane before.”
It may only be 32 degrees in the top end when the bowler jets off, however with the humidity at three times higher than it is at home, the conditions are sure going to be tough.
“I’m looking forward to being able to play in Cairns because when we get back down here it will feel like it’s so cold,” he said.
“I will learn a lot more from the heat up there, such as how to bowl on a pitch with some turf on it and how it will be different compared to down here in the cooler weather.”
The youngster has put in the hard yards to get him to where he is today.
He is in the practice nets around three times a week, gives up his weekend to play club cricket on Saturday and rep cricket on Sunday and in his school holidays travels to Brisbane for coaching clinics.
He has been practising for this particular competition since August this year and has been to Toowoomba every weekend since then as well.
“I would like to say thank you to mum and dad for driving me around everywhere, and my little brother for always being at these sporting events, all for me,” he said.
Following in dad’s footsteps and having the likes of Glenn McGrath, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc as favourite cricketers, Charlie knows only too well what good cricket looks like.
His dad used to play cricket when he was a kid and has really taught him how to work hard for what he wants.
Watching Mitchell Starc on television, Charlie’s learnt what it takes to get a wicket.
“I just love Mitchell Starc’s rhythm and his swinging yorkers are so good to watch.”