State indoor cricket selection fuels self-belief
JAKE Olive is fine-tuning his cover drives, inswingers and classic catches for his assault in this year's Australian Junior Championships.
The 19-year-old will swing into action for the Queensland under-19 squad in Brisbane as part of the week-long event.
The Queensland team will launch their assault on home soil at the Inside Sportz Strathpine on July 25.
"I'm really excited to go down there and compete against some of the top cricketers in Australia," Olive said.
"This is my first time making representative honours at an indoor level so I'm eager to show them what I've got."
The second-year CQUniversity engineering student was selected for the Queensland squad after impressing for North Queensland at the State Championships in September last year.
He hoped to continue his climb up the cricketing ranks to earn a showing in the green and gold.
"I'm looking forward to getting down and playing some good cricket, anything that comes after that is a bonus," Olive said.
The Brothers paceman is known for his five-wicket hauls and blistering speed in the outdoor cricket circles.
"I started playing indoor about two years ago as a bit of off-season training for the outdoor competition," Olive said.
"I've used indoor as an opportunity to further my batting and try and become more of an all-rounder."
The Glenmore State High School graduate hoped to display a consistent batting performance over the course of the national championships as well as steal a few wickets.
"I'll try and get as many wickets as I can with my bowling and use my pace to the best of my ability," he said.
"I usually try to make 20 to 30 runs with my partner and hopefully can remain consistent."