State honours for talented Jackson

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Albany cricketer Bryce Jackson’s rise through the ranks will see him finally play representative cricket for WA, when he is part of the under-19 side that will defend their title at next month’s national championships in Tasmania.

Having previously been selected to play for WA at under-age level but having to withdraw mainly through a troublesome back issue, the talented fast bowler will step out for his State at the championships in Hobart and Launceston.

The 17-year-old was thrilled to be included in the WA side after a few nervous weeks awaiting final selection.

“We had such a great squad — I wasn’t sure if I was going to get picked,” Jackson said.

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“In the practice games and training, I kept putting my best foot forward but you get pretty nervous waiting to hear.

“It will be my first time going away and I can’t wait. Injury has prevented me from going before but my back is good and everything feels really good. This program has helped my development.”

Jackson played for Collingwood Park in the Albany Cricket Association before moving as a teenager to Perth, where he began playing colts for Melville and made his first-grade debut in the WACA Premier Cricket competition earlier this season. After overcoming a niggling back injury, the right-armer has returned to full fitness, playing four first-grade one-day matches and two premier Twenty20 games.

This season, in all formats, he has taken eight wickets at an average of 32 while averaging 18 with the bat. “The move to Perth is really paying off,” Jackson said.

“It was a tough call to leave the family, especially my parents, but I wanted to get that opportunity.

“Down there (Albany), I wasn’t getting the best out of myself, so I’m glad I’ve given myself a chance.”

He expects to play an important role with the ball at the championships from December 4-15.

“I’ll be happy with whatever opportunity I’m given, whether that’s the new ball or bowling first change,” he said.

“As long as I’m out there representing WA.” Jackson is one of 13 players named in the final team coached by Stewart Walters.

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