Trent Johnston spent three days keeping his eyes on form players.
Trent Johnston spent three days keeping his eyes on form players. Greg White

Coach lays out track to the top

PUT YOUR head down and gain experience any way you can.

That's sage advice for young country-based players from Cricket NSW head coach Trent Johnston during his visit to the Toyota Futures League clash with Tasmania at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.

North Coastal graduate Nick Larkin is a member of the Futures team and Johnston mentioned Far North Coastal player Lewin Malady as one to watch.

"Lewin has come to Sydney and is right on the pathway," Johnston said.

"His keeping ability is extremely good and I can see him stepping up to Second XI in the near future.

"Kids have to continue making runs and taking wickets and think about the decision of moving to the city. Unfortunately with the way it's gone in professional cricket, it's hard to get picked from the bush so you have to go to where the opportunities are.

"When you get there score runs or take plenty of wickets so you're noticed by selectors."

This Friday marks one year since the passing of Macksville's Test star Phillip Hughes and a Sheffield Shield match will be played to honour his memory at this ground in February.

Johnston believes as many as 10 current or recent Test players may be available for selection in the Blues line-up.

"You'll have the likes of Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazelwood and Peter Neville ready, along with the crop playing for NSW at the moment."

"There could be eight, nine or even 10 Test blokes in our team."



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