Tom and Jack heading for Australia
Two of Somerset’s younger players Tom Abell and Jack Leach will be heading off to Australia as soon as the 2015 domestic season is over.
Jack who is 24 years old spent the winter playing in Australia a few years ago, but for 21 year old Tom this is a brand new experience.
Matt Maynard along with Jim Allenby who hails from Western Australia have been involved with making the arrangements for the two youngsters along with the support of the ECB.
The Director of Cricket said: “I really believe that spending winters abroad and fending for yourself you develop as people as well as cricketers and its brilliant that Jack and Tom are both being supported by the ECB in this. I think they will both enjoy their experiences in Perth and come back more experienced cricketers and people.
Matt added: “They are finalizing the dates out with Peter Such from the ECB who is organizing their accommodation as well.”
Tom is going to Freemantle CC which is in Perth while Jack is going to Wanneroo, the Hussey’s club, in the northern suburbs.
Looking ahead to his winter adventure Tom Abell said: “I am really looking forward to going out to Australia this winter because its something that I haven’t done before so it will be a new experience and I am thoroughly looking forward to it and the challenges it poses.
“It will be good for me to get away from Taunton and out of my comfort zone and test myself against the Aussies who Im sure will have something to say.
Tom added: “It will be a good experience for me and a chance to toughen me up as a person and as a player as well. I will be going to Freemantle in Perth who are a good side where they have got everything organized so it will be a good winter.”
Jack Leach said: “I am really excited to be going out to Australia this winter and soon after the season is over I will be heading for Perth where I will be spending five months playing for Wanneroo Cricket Club.
“This has all been arranged by Matt Maynard and Jim Allenby who have set me up out there and Stuart Waters is doing an Academy that I will be involved with.
Jack went on: “Justin Langer is also based out there and there is a chance that I can do some bowling with Western Australia and get involved with them which would be great.
“Tom Abell is also going to be out in Perth along with John Rogers from Taunton Deane so there will be a lot of people out there I know so I think it will be a good place for me further my development.
Jack added: “I have had a couple of winters back in England and now I think I’m ready to go out to Australia and play some more cricket.”