In the first edition of our new series profiling emerging cricketers around the world, World Cricket Watch caught up with future fast bowling star Louis Cameron.
Arriving to chat to us straight from a long bowling session in the nets Louis Cameron was exited to tell us about his experience representing Victoria in Australia’s Futures League competition.
The Futures League is an under 23 competition that involves players from six states within Australia. In a competition that involves some interesting playing conditions, teams are also allowed three over 23 year olds, which results in a fantastic competition where emerging cricketers can mix it with established stars. Louis explains that whilst playing in the first game they faced some stiff competition.
‘We were playing up in Queensland just last week and they had Lee Carseldine and Chris Simpson. Ryan Harris, the Australian test bowler, was supposed to play so all the batsmen on our side were getting a bit nervous’ Louis explains.
Luckily for the Victorians Harris did not play, but the competition was still very fierce, and a fantastic way for Louis to learn the in’s and out’s of the game at a high level. Each match is played over three days and every state plays each other once, which means players also get experience travelling to play in many different locations. Louis also played in a 20/20 competition last year for his state when he came across Andrew Symonds and another Australian star who had the team shaking in their boots.
‘There’s a funny story there actually’ Louis explains, ‘On the last day it’d been raining quite a lot the night before and we got to the ground to find the pitch was pretty messy, and we were playing against South Australia who had Shaun Tait in their side, so he was just licking his lips!! Our batsmen were packing themselves, but luckily the game was abandoned so we didn’t have to play’ he says.
The Futures League involves a range of playing conditions that are aimed at promoting attacking cricket, but for this emerging star test cricket is still the goal. Many of his colleagues may be lured by the big money on offer in the shorter forms of the game, but for Louis the baggy green cap is the ultimate aim.
‘Some kids might be aspiring to play in the shorter forms of the game, and I do think that has a place in the sport, but I believe that test cricket is just that, a test of a cricket side’s full abilities and that’s why I prefer the longer forms of the game’ Louis explain.
One thing for certain is that there are a lot of options for a talent such as Louis Cameron. The exciting new domestic one day competition in Australia, with its split innings format, as well as 20/20 and of course the longer form of the game are all part of the cricketing mix, and Louis knows that he needs to manage his workload carefully. But for now, Louis is just happy running in and bowling quick, and the good news to report is that he’s taking some big scalps already.
‘My first wicket in the Futures League game this year was that of former Queensland captain Chris Simpson, which I was really happy about’ Louis says.
For now, Louis can be happy taking the wicket of top domestic players, but there’s no doubt that in the future there will be bigger fish to fry as he chases his dream for that baggy green cap.
Story by Jim Stephens and Blaise Murphet
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