MOAMA’S Todd Murphy continues to have his immense cricketing potential recognised with selection in Cricket Australia’s Pathways Rookie Squad for 2017.
After making the Victorian Country under 17 side to contest the national championships later this month, the 16-year-old was chosen as part of the third batch of young stars in the squad. One of 15 Victorians in the 53-player squad, Murphy has put himself on the right path to future success, the Pathways Squad having already produced a number of players with state contracts.
‘‘We get together every Tuesday night down at the MCG and train. It’s a really good standard,’’ Murphy said.
‘‘Playing senior cricket at a young age has definitely held me in good stead. You can see the difference in country leagues. You’ve got a few good players and then it kind of drops away, but when you go to these things there’s 13 good cricketers and it’s certainly more challenging.’’
Cricket Australia national talent manager and former Australian captain Greg Chappell said the teen was one of a number of emerging talented youngsters. ‘‘The Pathways Rookie Squad is an important part of the overall Pathways Program, in helping to identify these players, and to ensure we give them every opportunity at a state or national level to continue their development as cricketers and young men,’’ he said.
A select group from the program will make Cricket Australia’s Rookie Camp for January, the four-day camp providing an experience of life as a professional.
Murphy will play for Sandhurst this summer in the Bendigo District Cricket Association with an eye on playing Premier Cricket in the coming years.
He had a strong season with Moama last summer, averaging 26.4 with the bat and posting a maiden century (135 against the Rochester Tigers). He also took 21 wickets at the tidy average of 14.5.