Frankston Standard Leader
June 8, 2017 10:55am
FRANKSTON Peninsula fast bowlers Nick Boland and Jackson Mockett have been named in the Cricket Victoria 2017 Futures League Academy winter training squad, featuring 21 of Victoria’s best emerging talents.
Boland, 25, and Mockett, 20, will train with the squad at the MCG throughout winter under the tutelage of Victoria’s high performance coaches, including David Hussey and Mick Lewis.
Boland, the younger brother of current Victorian fast bowler Scott Boland, has played 16 Premier Cricket First XI games with the Heat, taking 24 wickets.
In February, he was part of Victoria’s win in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs.
Mockett, who also plays football with Seaford, has played 28 First XI games, taking 43 wickets, including 20 scalps last season.
After the Bushrangers made history last season by becoming the first Victorian side ever to win three Sheffield Shield titles in a row, Victorian chairman of selectors Andrew Lynch is placing one eye on the future to keep Victoria at the forefront of Australian domestic cricket.
“The side we’ve picked for the winter training program this year is much younger than we’ve previously had, which is a big part of our strategy going forward,” said Lynch.
Coaching the side for his second season, Hussey has a clear structure in mind to keep the squad busy over the winter and prepared for the season ahead.
“It’s great to be able to bring the squad together during the winter, which gives us plenty of time to work on developing their skills and techniques for both batting and bowling,” said Hussey.
“We’ll hit the ground running towards the end of June and it’ll be good to finally get back into the swing of things.”
Players will complete numerous sessions between June and September, which will be a combination of skills, strength and conditioning, and performance management sessions.
The program commences on Thursday, June 22.