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    Is it Really That hard to become a international cricketer?

    I mean When I was a child I knew That The only thing I wanted to do in my life is to play cricket and perhaps be a international cricketer,but I have realized how hard it is as of yet,Can some one please give me step by step information in how becoming one and what is the secret,I can bat and bowl but as i said cricket is 99% hard work and 1% talent what Should Do
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    Yes, of course it bloody is. There are thousands of millions of people who dreamt the same dream of playing for their country as a child, but there are only a tiny handful who go on to do it.

    If you've not scored centuries or taken five- and six-fors before your tenth birthday (Graeme Hick scored his first aged five) then you've not a snowball's. It takes a damn sight more than 1% talent - if it didn't then I would have a career batting average above 2.36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Yes, of course it bloody is. There are thousands of millions of people who dreamt the same dream of playing for their country as a child, but there are only a tiny handful who go on to do it.

    If you've not scored centuries or taken five- and six-fors before your tenth birthday (Graeme Hick scored his first aged five) then you've not a snowball's. It takes a damn sight more than 1% talent - if it didn't then I would have a career batting average above 2.36.
    How did he score a centurie in age 5 what?

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    Um, get real pal.. International cricket might seem like a doddle to someone who lives in a country where cricket is a minority sport..

    I've done 3-4 training sessions a week for most of my life, and no amount of five wicket hauls can get me into the Somerset Academy.. And thats just the bottom of a weak county's system.. The talent and natural ability you have to have to play professional cricket, let alone international cricket is massive.. Sometimes facing the best reminds me how much of a step up it is, the class barrier is massive..

    Face it, you, like pretty much everyone else here, have next to no chance.. I myself am more likely to make a name for myself as a photographer/coach, or a badminton player lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Yes, of course it bloody is. There are thousands of millions of people who dreamt the same dream of playing for their country as a child, but there are only a tiny handful who go on to do it.

    If you've not scored centuries or taken five- and six-fors before your tenth birthday (Graeme Hick scored his first aged five) then you've not a snowball's. It takes a damn sight more than 1% talent - if it didn't then I would have a career batting average above 2.36.
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    in NSW, lets see, if your good your playing 3rd grade by the age or about 15 or 16, that you have to score plenty of runs/ take plenty wickets and work your way up inside your club, i played abit whith a guy who i must say was a few classes above the rest of the guys at our school in terms of batting (who you wouldn't say were too bad) and in year 11 we hear he missed out on selection in the NSW u/17's as a keeper, so not only did he miss out on the 6 batting spots but the keeping as well, so there were probably 6-8, maybe more better batsmen than him... now probably only 2, maybe 3 of those batsmen will play for NSW, and maybe 1 for Australia A or Australia, IF they continue to perfrom brilliantly...


    as for hick scoring a century at 6 thats just rediculas, i hadn't even heard of cricket till i was 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    Aged six actually.
    Either way he wasn't very old...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Um, get real pal.. International cricket might seem like a doddle to someone who lives in a country where cricket is a minority sport..

    I've done 3-4 training sessions a week for most of my life, and no amount of five wicket hauls can get me into the Somerset Academy.. And thats just the bottom of a weak county's system.. The talent and natural ability you have to have to play professional cricket, let alone international cricket is massive.. Sometimes facing the best reminds me how much of a step up it is, the class barrier is massive..

    Face it, you, like pretty much everyone else here, have next to no chance.. I myself am more likely to make a name for myself as a photographer/coach, or a badminton player lol..
    So you are saying That those guys that are playing international cricket has superhuman power that no one can achieve among as what a joke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Either way he wasn't very old...
    Yes I was just being pedantic. Ignore me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Either way he wasn't very old...
    So did I made a 50 when I was living in pakistan at age 9 but wasnt proper cricket though but it wasn compettion and I was playing among older people around 20s or so They were bowling really fast to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    Flintoff made 200 in 20 overs as a schoolboy.
    If we're playing pedants, it was 234*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    If we're playing pedants, it was 234*

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket player
    So you are saying That those guys that are playing international cricket has superhuman power that no one can achieve among as what a joke!
    I don't fully understand that sentence, but yes, International cricketers will seem superhuman compared to mere mortals. There are reasons that players like Rich/Langeveldt (who's taken plenty of five-fers and scored half centuries) are six or seven large steps away from International cricket - steps that he'll never take.

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