Mt Eliza teenager Paddy Rowe in U19 World Cup push as his cricket career continues to rise
Simon McEvoy, Mornington Peninsula Leader November 28, 2017
PADDY Rowe knows a hot start to summer could deliver his greatest cricket accolade yet.Perform well in the Under 19 national championships, starting in Tasmania this week, and Rowe, 16, could find himself on a plane to New Zealand in January with the Australian Under 19 World Cup side. “It would be so good, it would be amazing,” Rowe said last week. Rowe’s prodigious talent as a wicketkeeper batsman has been recognised with his selection in a preliminary Australian U19 World Cup squad of 25. “I’m the youngest in there, it’s just another experience and hopefully I can go and put my best foot forward in Tassie and see what happens,” he said.
Rowe will keep wickets and bat in the top order for the Cricket Australia Under 17 side in the Under 19 National Championships to be played in Hobart and Launceston from December 4 to 15. Instead of feeling pressure, he sees it as an exciting opportunity.
“Everyone in the CA XI is a couple of years younger than the under 19s so that’s part of the reason why they normally go pretty well, everyone just backs themselves, nothing worries them, there’s no pressure, it’s just go out there and back yourself,” he said.
Rowe became one of Melbourne’s youngest ever players to score a half century when he made 72 in the Demons’ First XI in October.With teammates of the ilk of Cameron White, Sam Harper and Will Pucosvki, he says he’s always watching, learning.
“Cameron White has played the last three or four games for Melbourne and a couple of weeks ago he and Will Pucovski put on a massive partnership,’’ he said. “Will made 140 and Whitey made about 70 and that was just awesome to watch how they went about it; they just played really smart cricket. It was really good to learn from.’’
Despite his tender years, Rowe has already scored 23 centuries — his latest being for Victoria at the U17 national championships in Brisbane in October.