The best of the best in primary school cricket were lucky to receive some advice and coaching from Australian test legend Brett Lee at Raby this week.
The under-12s Schools Sport Australia NSW representative squads for both boys and girls met Lee on Wednesday as he stopped by Raby to present the boys with their caps.
Elderslie bowler and Sydney Thunder player Hannah Trethewy presented the girls with their caps.
The squads are at Raby for a three-day training camp before they head to Bunbury in Western Australia to compete with state squads from across the country.
Campbelltown-Camden Cricket Club secretary Jason Ellsmore is coach of the boys team and said the kids were thrilled to meet former Ghosts player and under-12s state representative Lee.
“They were over the moon,” he said.
“Brett Lee spoke to them about playing in this same competition when he was 12.
“He gave them some tips and tricks from his time under Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.”
Ellsmore said the kids had earned their place in the squads after being selected for their schools, zones, regions and state.
He has high hopes for the teams.
“They are a talented bunch of kids and I think they’ll do well,” he said.
“But you’ve always got the likes of Queensland who are typically equal in talent, and Victoria is always good.”
Ellsmore said the squads were comprised of kids from all over the state.
One member of the boys team – Tanmay Metha – attends Broughton Anglican College.
Ellsmore said the squads were a “breeding ground” for talented players.
Notable past members of the NSW Schools Sport teams include Josh Hazlewood, Ellyse Perry, Mark and Steve Waugh, Alex and Kate Blackwell, Steve Smith and Alyssa Healy.
The squads will compete to be Australia’s best from December 12-20.