Three ACT players have been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming World Indoor Cricket Federation Junior Championships in Brisbane in September.
Benji Floros, Logan Ayers will don the green and gold in the Under 17 division, whilst Jay Allen will turn out for Australia’s Under 15s team.
The players were selected after producing standout performances last week during the national championships, alongside five more ACT products that have been named in National ‘A’ squads.
Floros has been named as the Australian Under 17’s captain following his effort at nationals that saw him anointed as the Under 17s Player of the Tournament.
The fourth of his family to represent Australia at the indoor world championships, Floros was overwhelmed with joy following his selection.
“It was something that I’ve always strived for, and I’ve really wanted, so it was a great feeling.”
An ACT representative for six years, Floros acknowledged that he felt a lot of pressure to crack the national team given his reputation.
“All of the expectations get put on you, and you’ve just got to keep fighting for it.”
“When I’m playing, I always have people looking up to me and telling me that I’m the best, but really, it’s not that until you actually prove to yourself that you are.”
Floros will be partnered in the Under 17 set-up by Logan Ayers, who has been right on the cusp of national selection for a number of years.
“It was a big relief, it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I’ve been pretty close for a few years, and to finally reach my goal, it was a big moment for me.”
“At the presentation they read out a list of names [the Australian squad], and Benji was called up first. I was getting pretty nervous as the list got longer, but I got called out.”
The elation felt by Ayers was one that Under 15s star Jay Allen could get used to, with the ACT skipper earning selection off that back of a brilliant individual tournament.
Allen says he was met with a combination of excitement and gratefulness when he heard his name called out.
“It was a bit of a shock at first, but after that, the excitement kicked in. Excitement, and grateful for having the family and friends supporting me through the whole ordeal really helped.”
The four-time ACT representative says that players like Floros provided him with inspiration to keep pushing through what he described as “four long, hard slogs” in search of an Australian berth.
“He is one of the best role models for all of the younger kids. He really helps out with all of us, and that will definitely get a lot more kid’s trialling.”
A complete list of the ACT players selected for September’s World Indoor Cricket Federation Junior Championships in Brisbane can be found below:
U13A – Toby Rogers
U15A – Tyler Hays
U15 – Jay Allen
U17A – Adam Seary, Thomas Seaman, Tyler Van Luin
U17 – Benji Floros, Logan Ayers
ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR YABBA: http://www.yabba.guru/act-indoor-juniors-to-test-the-worlds-best/