Club connection adds to Ponting XII chance for Freeman
Date of Event : Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:00PM
Tasmanian allrounder Jarrod Freeman in action for the CA XI at this year's under-19 championships // Brody Grogan

It's fair to say tomorrow’s BBL curtain-raiser between the Gilchrist XII and Ponting XII at the SCG will be an memorable occasion for every player involved.

For Tasmanian off-spinning allrounder Jarrod Freeman, the clash between Australia’s best under-17s and best under-19s cricketers will carry added significance.

Not only does the Mowbray CC product get to play on the SCG - he also gets to represent the team of his club’s most famous export, Ricky Ponting.

“It’s unbelievable,” Freeman said.

“For someone like me to come from a country town, to have the opportunity to play on the SCG is just unbelievable.

“It’s an honour to play for the same club as (Ricky), and to play in a team named after him is incredible.”

Freeman, 16, hails from George Town - a town 40 minutes outside of Launceston, home to a couple of thousand people and producer of Tasmanian spinner Xavier Doherty and Carlton FC coach Brendon Bolton.

Cricket’s always been in Freeman’s blood.

His Dad is a cricketer, and he has two brothers - aged 13 and 19 - who also play.

Over the last two years in particular, Freeman’s has taken great strides with his game.


It’s something that took time to adapt to - spending weeks at a time on the road with different teams - and the talented Tassie teen says his family are still coming to terms with his exciting Pathways journey, that is taking him to all parts of Australia and even overseas.

This time last year, Freeman completed the trifecta - playing in the Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 National Championships in the same year, before heading to England with a Tasmanian development squad in early 2016.

After impressing with bat and ball in Tasmania’s under-17s at this year’s championships, he earned selection for the Cricket Australia XI at the under-19 championships, where he more than held his own against players up to three years his senior.

“I think the under-17s was a massive confidence booster, going well with batting, bowling and fielding,” Freeman said.

“I’ve been getting as much knowledge as I can… working with lots of people, picking their brains, (guys like) Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Stuart Law.

“Just what to expect, how to go about my game and the mental side of things as well.”

To that point, Freeman’s got his role nailed down in limited overs cricket - and he’s looking forward to bowling in tandem with South Australian leggie Lloyd Pope as the under-17 Ponting XII looks to cause an upset against the under-19 Gilchrist XII.

“I love watching Lloyd bowl… He can do anything really,” Freeman said.

“Basically, when we need to dot up a batsman and take wickets, that’s when I come on to bowl.

“I’d love to get the win over the older boys, especially playing for the Ponting XII.”

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