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    Too old to start playing competitive cricket?

    Hey guys, I'm new here


    I am 17 and really keen on getting into competitive cricket. A lot of you might think 17 is not too old, but I am not sure.

    Obviously I am never going to play for Australia or even my state, but it would be awesome to get into some grade cricket. I have some friends play and they are pretty good, however they have been playing competitively at some level for 5 or so years, whereas I have never played past backyard cricket except a bit of indoor cricket a few years ago.

    I am not someone who is naturally gifted at sport or naturally gifted at cricket. I'm one of those guys who always does well at backyard cricket against others who don't play, but gets belted by friends who play cricket.


    I was just wondering what you guys reckoned, and if you had any advice on how to go about getting into some cricket.



    Thanks

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    To be honest, it is a blessing in disguise to start playing cricket in your late teens. Rather than have bad habits from previous years of competitive cricket, you can start afresh and really look to teach yourself the right habits from the off.

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    Funny enough, I'm in the same position. I've never played club as I've always preferred to have my summers off due to playing for up to 3 teams in the Winter (rugby). For the past two years I've been planning on preparing myself for next summer in which I will have finished school and I'll need something to do!

    In the meantime it's just a matter of building up my shoulder muscles (I'm a spin bowler) and non-stop backyard action.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Make yourself a spinner and you'll be playing for Aus in no time.
    Maybe he could try his hand at opening the batting and play for New Zealand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    Maybe he could try his hand at opening the batting and play for New Zealand.
    The jokes are fairly interchangable.

    He could try on some gloves and keep for England.
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    The key here is finding a low enough grade team where you won't be out of place and will be selected, but one that has a decent coaching staff so there are people around that can pass down the skills required.

    Sadly, I know nothing about club cricket in Tasmania, but you could do worse than contact the local cricket association and ask for details about local clubs.

    Its certainly not too late to start playing, so go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    The jokes are fairly interchangable.

    He could try on some gloves and keep for England.
    didn't notice this thx

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    I'm 17 now and played my first club season at the start of the season. My stats aren't great, but I've loved every minute of it.

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    At 17 you have plenty of time to start playing cricket. Finding the right level is important so you can enjoy your cricket but also have that competitive edge that you will get with and against players of a similar ability. If you start out of your depth, a) you may not last very long in the side and b) you will lose interest pretty quickly.

    Good luck and definitely give it a try!

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    I'm in a similar predicament, used to play juniors up untill i was 16 then had to give it away due to school and work, now I have really got the bug to go back and play next summer but am unsure if at 23, I am too old to start playing again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blocka View Post
    I'm in a similar predicament, used to play juniors up untill i was 16 then had to give it away due to school and work, now I have really got the bug to go back and play next summer but am unsure if at 23, I am too old to start playing again?
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    Definitely not. In my team we have guys nearing 60, you don't have to play high levels to have fun.

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    Basic answer: You're never too old to start playing again.

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    Go for it champ. Never too old to start playing.

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    Your not too old to play cricket. Greg Matthews is still playing Grade cricket at 49. You could start at 30 and still play for 20 years if your fit enough

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