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Ponting XII star Sangha set for BBL curtain-raiser
Date of Event : Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:00PM
NSW Blues and Sydney Thunder rookie Jason Sangha in action for ACT/NSW Country under-17s this year // Brody Grogan

At just 17 years of age, Newcastle young gun Jason Sangha is already well aware of the demands of the modern cricketer.

 
In the space of three months, the highly-rated young batsman has spent time with six teams - soon to be seven - as he continues his swift ascent within cricketing ranks.

 
Sangha, a NSW Blues and Sydney Thunder rookie, has captained ACT/NSW Country’s under-17s, represented the CA XI at the Matador BBQs Cup, the CA XI under-19s and even found time to play a dozen games for his Sydney grade club, Randwick Petersham, since the start of October.

 


 Next on the agenda for the talented teenager is a BBL T20 curtain-raiser at the SCG, representing the Ponting XII, which features the country’s best under-17s, against the Gilchrist XII - Australia’s under-19s.

 
“I think it’s a pretty good initiative, for us youngsters to get our names out there and have some fun at the SCG,” Sangha said.

 
“I think it will be good fun.

 
“I started playing cricket because of Adam Gilchrist, but both (Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting) are Australian icons and my childhood heroes - they still are now.”

 
As a right-handed, top-order batsman who grew up in the Ponting era - it’s easy to see the influence in Sangha’s own game, as a batsman with all the shots, presence at the crease and the ability to change a game in a matter of overs.

 
Sangha will feature in a Ponting XII side full of talent - he’s quick to rattle off the names of fellow NSW products Jack Edwards and Austin Waugh, skipper Will Sutherland, allrounder Cam Green and Victorian quick Zak Evans as Ponting XII teammates who he’s looking forward to seeing in action.

 
Having jumped back and forward from red ball cricket to white ball cricket - both one-day and T20 matches - Sangha is confident he can now click into T20 mode for Tuesday’s game.

 
If anything, he believes jumping back and forward, working with different people and picking up new skills has only fast-tracked his growth as a player.

 
“I think the modern day player has to be able to adapt from playing T20 cricket to a four-day Shield game. It’s probably the difference between the (really) good players and the average players,” he said.

 
“You really enjoy playing in different teams, and you learn a lot from watching other people play and learning from other coaches.

 
“I try to ask as many questions as I can.”

 
With the CA XI under-19s, Sangha had the opportunity to pick the brains of Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Stuart Law - and in his time with the CA XI Matador BBQs Cup squad, he had Brad Hodge and Troy Cooley to call upon for advice.

 
Now, Sangha is donning the green of the Sydney Thunder - another opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business, including T20 superstars including Shane Watson, Eoin Morgan and Andre ‘Dre Russ’ Russell.

 
“I’ve tried to pick up tips from everyone,” he said.

 
“(But) I try to be around Dre Russ as much as I can… he’s a pretty cool character.”

Last updated: Friday January 13, 2017 4:22PM
Author: ca_nickd