Rockhampton pair’s dream realised at UK cricket academy
LACHLAN Knuth and Harry Fordyce are living every young cricket player's dream.
The Rockhampton Grammar School duo flew to the UK today to join the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy where they will train alongside some of the game's greatest players and tour the country playing fixtures lead by high-performance coaches.
The 16-year-olds are well on their way to achieving their cricket dreams as the only two Queenslanders selected for the academy squad along with players from South Australian, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India and the US.
The pair isn't new to the international cricket scene and has previously travelled to Sri Lanka and India to represent the Academy.
Fordyce made headlines while on tour in cricket-mad India last year and featured on the back page of the Indian Express newspaper after he took five wickets with the ball and scored 133 with the bat in a clash with Jain International Residential School.
The talented teenager hopes to build on the experience in the UK.
"I'm pretty excited actually. It will be a good experience for cricket and also the atmosphere in England itself will be really good," he said.
"I played in Sri Lanka and India for the academy and it was a good challenge.
"We'll just be playing games and touring. The experience is really good and when you get the experience you never lose it, it's always with you."
Knuth shared Fordyce's enthusiasm for the tour and looked forward to picking up some more tips from Australia's leading cricket coach, Lehmann.
"He has helped me and Harry both immensely and has taken our cricket to a whole new level," Knuth said.
"I'm just really excited and looking forward to getting over there."
UK CRICKET TOUR
Darren Lehmann Academy
Matches against Surrey, Middlesex, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Chris Gayle Academy, Barmy Army Colts, Andrew Gayle Academy and various school teams.