IT’S been a whirlwind twelve months for emerging Victorian wicketkeeper-batsman Patrick Rowe.
First, he represented Victoria at the 15 and Under National Championships. Then he starred for Victoria Country at the Under 17 National Championships.
Now, Rowe will represent the Cricket Australia XI at the Under 19 National Championships in Adelaide, which begin on Monday.
And he’s still just 15 years old.
“It’s been a big 12 months, I’m trying to develop and learn as much as I can from all of these carnivals,” Rowe said.
“I mean, trying out for the 17s after the 15s, I didn’t really expect much. I wasn’t expecting to make the team at all. But things have sort of fallen into place, and I can’t wait for the 19s.
“I’m there to enjoy the experience, see how other people go about their cricket and learn as much as I can.”
Rowe - the youngest player at the under-19s championships - will have plenty of experience to draw on with the CA XI, with three former international cricketers forming the coaching panel.
Ryan Harris will coach the team, with Chris Rogers and Stuart Law sharing assistant coach duties across the two weeks.
The Victorian teenager was the third-highest run-scorer at the under-17 championships, showcasing his ability to rotate the strikes and find gaps in the field against both pace and spin.
The Peninsula Old Boys CC product now plies his trade with Melbourne CC, making his Premier 1st XI debut last month, and has also been included in the CA Pathways Rookie Camp squad for January next year.
At the under-17s carnival, Rowe compiled four half centuries at No.4 on his way to 327 runs from eight innings.
He hopes he can again rise to the challenge coming up against the best under-19s cricketers in the country.
“I sort of went into it (the under-17s) thinking it would just be an experience, but after the first couple of games showed that I was up to that level and could compete with the older boys,” he said.
“Hopefully I can do the same thing in the 19s.”
“It’s obviously a big step up, but you play all the boys in Premier Cricket, so you know a few familiar faces.”