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Stars in their eyes, young guns embark on journey of hope


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Meet Will Bosisto, Australia skipper

For Australian under-19 skipper Will Bosisto, cricket is in the blood.

Meet Will Bosisto, Australia skipper - Cricket News

It's distant, but trace the 18-year-old's family tree and you'll find that his maternal great grandmother's uncle - Ernest Jones - played 19 Tests for Australia between 1894 and 1902. 

If that doesn't prove it, then try this - the first word he ever spoke was 'ball'.

Like most Western Australian kids, Bosisto had seasonal sporting obsessions - Australian Rules Football in the winter, and cricket in the summer.

But as he began high school, his ability with a bat in hand ensured the latter would become his full-time focus.

As captain of a talented Australia side at this month's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Queensland, Bosisto is well placed to turn his dream of cricket stardom into a reality.

The top order bat idolises another Western Australian, veteran Test left-hander Mike Hussey, who is the model of patience, precision and power that Bosisto is working hard to emulate.

He freely admits he was 'frothing' the first time he met 'Mr Cricket'.

"I was in heaven talking to him. He's a great bloke, exactly as you'd expect," Bosisto said.

"He's a big role model for me. I love the way he goes about it, he seems perfect for every situation.
"I've read his book a few times and the way he goes about his cricket seems perfect to model yourself on."

Bosisto's best knock in Australian colours came in October 2011 against the West Indies, in the third-place playoff for the triangular tournament that also featured Sri Lanka and India.

Chasing a mammoth 365 runs for victory, Bosisto led an attempted Aussie fight-back with a classy innings of 107 from just 101 balls, but the team fell 16 short.

"It was just one of those days where everything kind of fits into place," he said.

"We were chasing a big total and we didn't quite manage to knock it off, but it would be nice to bat on the flat wickets over in India every day."

However, the Australia skipper is confident the host nation can exact revenge in the ICC U19 CWC.

"We've got what it takes to go all the way," he said.

"We've got a good mix of aggressive batters and guys who can hang around, and also score quickly.
"On the bowling side of things we've got three or four big quicks and a couple of strong spinners too, so we think we've got an all-round side."

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