Mitch English has been named vice captain of the Queensland Country Cricket side.
Mitch English has been named vice captain of the Queensland Country Cricket side. Chris Lees

Mackay cricketer Queensland Country vice captain

CRICKET: He's a refrigeration mechanic by day and one of the best cricketers the region has seen, and now Mitch English has been named vice captain of the Queensland Country Cricket team.

The 23-year-old Mackay man will play in the Australian Country Championships in Geraldton early in January.

He said it will involve five 20/20s and five one-day matches.

But English isn't feeling the nerves just yet: "I've been there twice before so I know what the championships are about and how to go about it. It's still a month or so away so the nerves haven't quite kicked in.”

He says it's always a dream to be the captain "but we'll see how it all pans out”. He's currently the captain of the North Queensland Country side.

Coach of the North Queensland Country side Troy Paradies said English "led by example” at the trials in Ipswich at the weekend.

"His talent talks and people follow. He's young and he's got the respect of the guys around him. He's got a good understanding of the game,” he said.

"He's a long-term investment for North Queensland and hopefully that'll lead to long- term investment for Queensland Country to get to the captaincy.”

Paradies said he's "definitely” proud of him, "He was a real pleasure to work with. I wish him success at the Australian Championships. He won't let anyone down that's for sure.”

English said he started playing, "Pretty much as soon as I could walk. My Dad and both my uncles play cricket so I've been involved ever since I can remember. As far as playing for North, my club team at home here, I think I might have been 10 or 11.”

He also mentioned the support from his parents and his club, "My parents have been very supportive throughout the years of my cricketing career and watch me play wherever I go. North, my club here in Mackay, have been one of the biggest contributors to my cricketing career so far. It's a good club and supports whatever I do as well.”

English is looking forward to playing at the Gabba on December 27 with the Mackay Nitros against Cairns.

"That should be good, I've been once before and I'm looking forward to going back and playing against Cairns this year.”

The team: Gerard Fox NQ, Mitchell English NQ, Sam Lowry NQ, James Spargo SQ, Sean Fitzsimmons SQ, Chris Stanger NQ, Jake Roach NQ, Brenton Edwards NQ, Chris Hall SQ, Sam Winton SQ, Michael Salerno NQ, Harry Winton SQ, Shaun McCarthey SQ, Justin Dixon NQ

Coach: Lenny Martin, Manager: Johnathon Smith, Scorer: Rhonda Harwood



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