Batting wunderkind to debut for Victoria


Also a handy leg-spinner, Fraser-McGurk was a Big Bash replacement player last year for the Melbourne Renegades. He requested No. 23 worn by Warne in white-ball cricket.

“I wear number 23 for a lot of teams but I’m very excited to get his number,” Fraser-McGurk said on Sunday.

“[Warne] was obviously a great player for such a long time so to get that number is pretty exciting.”

Fraser-McGurk said he had watched Warne play at the ground, although the recollections are vague.

“I think I did. It would have been when I was very young though, probably around six or eight.”

The youngster is enrolled at SEDA sports school so thankfully doesn’t have exams to contend with this time of year. However he might need a lift to his debut on Tuesday.

At first I was a bit shocked … I had to get Mum to drive, being on my L plates still she was in the car with me.

Jake Fraser-McGurk

“I got told after the last day of the second XI game at Junction Oval last week against South Australia. As I was driving out of the car park I got a phone call from [Victorian selection chairman] Andrew Lynch saying well batted and that I was in the Shield squad,” Fraser-McGurk said.

“At first I was a bit shocked, but I’ve been a bit nervous ever since. I had to get Mum to drive, being on my L plates still she was in the car with me.

“It’s pretty surreal, last year I was coming to the MCG to watch Shield games and now to get the chance to play is very exciting.”

Fraser-McGurk is likely to bat in the middle order for the Vics, who are searching for their first win of the season. He trained at the ‘G on Sunday along with 10 other members of the Victorian 12-man squad for this week’s match. Aaron Finch was the only man who wasn’t present, with the Australian white-ball captain having the day off following the completion of Australia’s T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Finch is also expected to bat in the middle order, with Eamonn Vines tipped to open alongside one of Matthew Short or Sam Harper. The Vics will need to decide whether to pick five frontline bowlers – James Pattinson, Chris Tremain, Scott Boland, Peter Siddle and Jon Holland – or select all-rounder Will Sutherland for his Shield debut and leave one of the bowlers out of the XI.

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