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Namibia profile: Jano Coetzee

If Namibia needs a tour guide for their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign in Queensland this month, they won't have to look very far.

Namibia profile: Jano Coetzee - Cricket News
If Namibia needs a tour guide for their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign in Queensland this month, they won't have to look very far.
 
 
Emerging batsman Jano Coetzee - or 'Aussie' to his team-mates - is a young man torn between two countries.
 
The 18-year-old, who was born in the small town of Mariental, lost his native drawl years ago as a consequence of moving with his family to sunny Queensland in the year 2000.
 
While the majority of the Namibia squad are in Australia for the very first time, Coetzee has spent more than two thirds of his life in the state that will host the highly-anticipated tournament.
 
No surprises, then, that he has become a handy source of tourism information for his teammates.
 
"They love the place so far. They understand why we moved here now," he laughed.
 
After shifting Down Under nearly 13 years ago, Coetzee and his family quickly settled into the Australian way of life - and it was then that his cricketing talents began to shine through.
 
He credits a three-month spell at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy (DLCA) in Adelaide for turning him into the player that he is.
 
"He's such a legend," Coetzee said of South Australian favourite 'Boof' Lehmann.
 
"(But) the academy was the toughest three months of my life.
 
"Five days a week and cricket on a Saturday - some of the stuff they made us do was just ridiculous."
 
Coetzee says that DLCA head coach Shaun Siegert is his biggest influence, and 'the reason why I am here with the Namibian squad today'.
 
But it wasn't until the start of 2012, when the youngster was invited back to Namibia for a trial, that he became involved in his home country's cricket set-up.
 
While admitting he feels a loyalty to his adopted country, Coetzee was delighted to have been selected in the final 15-man squad.
 
"I've been here for 13 years now so I've become adapted to the Australia customs and I still wanted to play for them, but I'm also very proud to be representing Namibia," he said.
 
"I've got a huge list of family members that have also represented Namibia, so I'm proud to be part of that now.
 
"My older brother represented them in rugby, and he's also taught me a lot about what playing for Namibia really means."
 

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