Selman savours Scorchers return, new leadership role
Big hitter Nick Selman says it’s “unreal” to be back at the crease for Scorchers and is eager to help lead the side into consistent winning form.
The 25-year-old has just returned to the Sunshine Coast from his fifth County season in the UK.
Selman has played for the Scorchers each summer since his debut in 2017 and spends the rest of the year with first-class club Glamorgan.
“It was a bit touch and go (getting back due to COVID-19) and it was a little bit of an issue getting the flight,” he said.
“(But) It all worked out in the end and it’s unreal being back.
“The UK has gone into a second lockdown so looking at that I think the Sunshine Coast is the place to be at the moment.
“I’m just looking forward to playing some cricket, getting around the boys again and hopefully scoring some runs and winning some games of cricket.”
After enduring a two week quarantine in Brisbane Selman was quick to make impact for the Coast on return.
He topscored with 72 in his first game back to help push the Scorchers to triumph over Redlands in Round 6 of the state’s premier grade at the start of the month.
He’s not just returned to hit big either, with Selman also taking on the captaincy role from Angus Lovell for the first time.
While he’s previously helped fill the role as cover, it's the first fully-fledged captains gig for Selman.
“It’s good to have that responsibility,” he said.
“Ever since I started playing Scorchers it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
“I’m just going to try and do the best and lead by example.
“Hopefully, we can win some games of cricket and all I want to do is make sure the boys play positive cricket and get some results.”
The Scorchers have won just two of their six rounds, but Selman was optimistic they weren’t far off some more success.
“I was watching the scores from overseas and while in quarantine,” he said.
“I suppose the boys were a bit frustrated with how they went but I don’t think they were too far off it in most of those games.
“We’ve got a pretty young bowling line up but in saying that our batting line up is one of the best in the comp really.
“There is a lot of cricket to be played to turn that around and the boys are good enough to do that.”
He’ll miss the last few games for the squad, returning to England for Glamorgan in mid-February.