Young Australian batsman Alex Ross received a gift from one of the greatest modern day batsmen AB de Villiers.
Ross met the South African great AB de Villiers during the Caribbean Premier League when the de Villiers’ Barbados Tridents met Ross’ Jamaica Tallawahs this week.
With the match washed away there was plenty of time for the players to mingle in the dressing rooms.
AB de Villiers gifted a signed Kookaburra bat from his kit bag. “Look forward to watching you become a legend,” de Villiers wrote. “Keep hitting them long.” Ross has developed a reputation for a sweeper, owing much to a youth spent playing hockey. Unfortunately for Ross, that rain-affected match has been his only start for the Tallawahs this season.
The 24-year-old selected for the Australia A team, so , he will have time to show his skills this winter in the quadrangular series in Queensland.
Ross last year was capped the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year award at the Allan Border Medal event in January.
In the quadrangular series, Australia A will play against India A, South Africa A, and National Performance Squad. But before the four-team series start Australia A will play against South Africa A in a four-day match. Ross will also be a part of two four-day matches against India A.
In BBL Ross plays for the Adelaide Strikers and showed his skill for the West End Redbacks in the Matador BBQ One Day Cup in October.
He is the second highest run scorer for the Redbacks R in the Sheffield Shield behind captain Travis Head.
Ross was expected to feature in the A series but has instead been given permission to extend his stay with the English county club Yorkshire.
He is a great talent and in future it is expected that he will play like his sponsor AB de Villiers.