Alex Jervis is aiming to cement a place in the England Learning Disabilities cricket team when he travels to Australia for next month’s INAS International Cricket Series.
Jervis, a student at Communication Specialist College Doncaster, is part of a 15-man squad that will travel to Melbourne for four one-day internationals and two T20 matches against the Aussies, with first match taking place on March 17.
Although he is yet to make his debut for the Three Lions, Jervis believes he will be given the opportunity to prove himself when England line up against their fiercest rivals.
“I’m ready to step up and make a difference in Melbourne,” said Jervis.
“I think I’m a very competitive cricketer so the fact we’re playing Australia just makes me want to play better.
“This my first tour and I think it’s going to be great play in the Melbourne Cricket Ground, I can’t wait.”
The opportunity to play in the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, is just one experience that bowler Jervis is looking forward to on the trip.
The 19-year-old, who is from Worksop and plays his club cricket for Clumber Park, has been looking over pictures of a trip to Melbourne he made with his parents 15 years ago but admits he can barely remember the city.
And Jervis acknowledges that the chance to travel the world as part of an England squad is not an opportunity many sportsmen of his age are presented with.
“I was really shocked when I learned I was going to be invited to train with the international squad,” he added.
“I’d put a lot of hours in the gym and done a lot of training so when I got the call I thought my hard work had finally paid off.
“My dad couldn’t believe it when I told him – all he could say was, ‘Wow.’
“I think I’ll be a bit nervous when I play in the first game but once those initial feelings are out of the way it will all be worth it.”
ECB is an inclusive organisation providing support and a pathway for disability cricket from grassroots to elite.
Follow the England Learning Disability squad in Australia at www.ecb.co.uk.