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Scotland's Ross swaps bat for ball

Scotland's Peter Ross went through hell and back just to get to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Queensland.

Scotland's Ross swaps bat for ball - Cricket News
Scotland's Peter Ross went through hell and back just to get to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Queensland.
 
 
Once an opening bowler, the 19-year-old from Aberdeen was forced to give up the craft he had been mastering from childhood to re-model himself as a batsman.
 
After a couple of stress fractures in his back and a dislocated shoulder, it was either that or forget about cricket altogether.
 
Fortunately, after what he describes as the toughest two-year period of his career, Ross has now established himself with the bat and is now one of the cornerstones of Scotland's middle order.
 
"It's been a really tough two years but I enjoy a challenge and it's been really rewarding for me to do well and change my role like that," Ross said.
 
The youngster, who also represented Scotland in schoolboy rugby, describes himself as an 'accumulator' who must remain patient as his more aggressive team-mates try to push the run rate forward.
 
"I've got a very specific role," Ross said.
 
"We've got a lot of attacking batters in our team and my role is to set an innings, and they bat around me. We've done it fairly well over the past couple of years."
 
It should be no surprise, then, that his cricketing role model is Michael Hussey, who made his name by fulfilling the same duty for Australia.
 
"He sets up innings and he often finishes them off and that's what I intend to do in the team," he said.
 
Ross was first introduced to cricket at school, but the moment that made him fall in love with the game was pure chance.
 
His father's cricket team was two players short, and Ross and his brother were called in to fill their first XI at a pinch.
 
He was only 10.
 
"It was a bit of an experience, but ever since then I've made the first team every week," Ross laughed.
 
"I've always enjoyed playing against people who are a bit older and better than you.
 
"It wasn't too bad - at that age I wasn't really sure what was going on, I was just happy to be there."
 
Now he's relishing the opportunity to take on the best players in the world in his age group, in a climate far away from the dreary grey skies of Scotland.
 
"The facilities have been amazing so far and the weather is a lot better than we have back home, so I can't complain," he said of his experience so far in Queensland.
 
"I just want to test myself against these good players, because we'll be playing against guys who've played first-class cricket.
 
"I want to go out there and impose myself and just do the best that I can."

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