Wyatt aims for Ashes

Sam JonesThe West Australian
Wyatt in his 12 and under state uniform
Camera IconWyatt in his 12 and under state uniform

Local up and coming all-rounder Wyatt Wilson has made final selection for the U13 Youth Scorchers Series, making him one of only three regional players from WA.

Fighting his way through a gruelling top 48 selection process which saw numbers reduced after each game, Wyatt finished his first game with an unbeaten 35 runs off 24 balls, impressing coaches and proving his talent.

It’s not the first time Wyatt has been recognised for his ability as an all-rounder, he was in the State 12 and under team for the last two years, competing against some of the best youngsters from around the nation in Perth in 2018 and Adelaide in 2019, he was the first North Westerner to play in the competition.

Following in the footsteps of 26-year-old Australian bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was first educated in the complexities of the gentleman’s game in Hedland, Wyatt hopes to one day play on the professional level and exceed all who came before him.

“It’s been a lot of work but I’m excited for the future, hopefully one day an ashes,” he said.

Known around town for his bowling, Wyatt plays in the Port Hedland Junior green team, and is also a regular feature in the Wanderers Cricket Club Senior team, where he has grown to become one of their top wicket takers.

Young gun Wyatt Wilson hits a boundary
Camera IconYoung gun Wyatt Wilson hits a boundary

Wyatt is also not too bad with a bat, he recently met Australian cricketing legend Brad Hogg who was in Hedland for the community sports awards.

He faced a couple of balls from the left-arm wrist spinner after a Wanderers match and even hit him for four, much to the delight of onlookers.

“He was pretty impressed, it was really cool to meet him,” he said.

Wyatt’s father Chris said he was extremely proud of his son’s achievements so far, including being in close contact with the WACA after being identified as a talented player years ago.

Wyatt met cricket legend Brad Hogg late last year, and even got to wear his baggy green.
Camera IconWyatt met cricket legend Brad Hogg late last year, and even got to wear his baggy green.

“All this was achieved despite having the constraints of living remote and having to self-fund most trips to Perth,” he said.

“It is his passion and dedication to the sport that has put him above a lot of other kids in his age group.”

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