Young Australian cricketer to skip school for World T20 – find out who?
One of Australian cricket’s brightest talents will pack all her school books into her kit bag for the World T20 in India next month.
Left-arm fast bowler Lauren Cheatle was sitting for her Year 12 customary school photo when she received a life changing call, which was to tell her that she had been selected for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars World T20 squad.
Needless to say, Cheatle’s teachers were only too happy to let her take the call and pack her bags for the chance to pursue her cricketing dreams. Later this month, the young 17-year old quick who bowls at around 110 kmph, will be jetting off to New Zealand with the Australian national team, before flying to India in March.
While many of Australia’s female cricketers have to strike a balance between work commitments and National team duties, for young Cheatle it promises to be a truly unique experience to juggle finishing her school homework and assignments around her cricket career.
“I am excited, I did not expect it at all,” Cheatle was quoted by cricket.com.au. “We were in the middle of getting our photos done when my phone started ringing and I had to ask if I could take the call because it was the Australian selector.
“I got to tell my best friends straight away, which was cool.”
Cheatle, who made her international debut for the Southern Stars’ against India at the MCG last month, is looking forward to the cricket season as “a good break from school”.
“We’re still trying to work it out with my teachers, but there’ll be some online stuff I’ll be doing. When my schoolwork comes second sometimes it’s not too pleasing for Mum, but my school and Cricket Australia are really understanding about it,” said the fast bowler.
“Cricket is a good break from school and school can also be a good break from cricket.”
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