To put this story together, I was supplied with a press release listing the Queensland Bull’s squad for the 2018/19 season. The editor forwarded me a phone number for a media person from Queensland cricket, who gave me contact details for two local rookies, and I wrote a story on both of them. This one focuses on one of the boys, Nathan McSweeney.
NORTHSIDE local Nathan McSweeney, who came onto the Gabba to field in last year’s Ashes test, has been included in the 2018-19 Queensland Bulls squad.
The 19-year-old batting allrounder already has some incredible figures to his name, including a knock of 154 against PNG in an Under 19s World Cup Game.
While attending Nudgee College he represented Norths, but he also captained the Queensland Under 17 side to a title in the 2015-16 season.
Now he’s ready to join the big boys, a list which includes big names like Usman Khawaja and Matthew Renshaw, who were also announced on the squad.
Queensland Cricket’s Stephen Gray said now is a great time to be welcoming new players into the squad.
“Coming into a shield-winning squad is a great opportunity for up-and-coming players, and Nathan is certainly one of them,” Gray said.
“It’s a good time for young players, and Nathan looks like he could develop quite quickly.
“He’s predominantly a batsman, but he bowls a bit of off spin as well.”
McSweeney said his run to the Queensland squad hasn’t been without its setbacks though.
“I remember when I missed out on the Australian Under 15s selection it hurt a bit, but I’m lucky enough to have made most of the teams I’ve tried out for,” McSweeney said.
“I think I’ve been lucky with injuries too, and as a batsman you don’t tend to get the back injuries that the bowlers get.”
McSweeney has already had a taste of being on the Australian side, when he came onto field during the Ashes test in Brisbane last year.
“Being in the change room and seeing these superstars makes you tell yourself why you want to do this,” Mc Sweeney said.
“Seeing the Gabba packed out, the atmosphere, and being able to sit in on the team chats is certainly very motivating.”
McSweeney now gets to train with some of the people he’s looked up to for years.
“As a young fellow I always wanted to be professional and now I’m one step closer – it’s pretty exciting to be able to train with Australian players like Usman (Khawaja), Matt (Renshaw) and Joe (Burns) as well,” McSweeney said.
“I’m just hoping to crack a shield side.”