STANDOUT performances with both bat and ball has seen Port Macquarie cricketer Hannah Faux selected in Cricket Australia’s under-15 talent squad.
Faux top scored with an unbeaten 64 against Victoria Country and took seven wickets in seven matches as ACT/NSW Country finished undefeated at the national championships in Adelaide.
The 14-year-old all rounder also took the 3/7 in one match in a dominant performance with the ball.
ACT/NSW Country’s success continued their dominance at a national level as they claimed back-to-back titles.
Father Jamie said it was his daughter’s final year with the under-15 side.
She made an impression.
“She was confident that being her last year in this age group that she was going to make her mark,” he said.
“Instead of playing up a year or two as she has been, she was one of the oldest players so she went as well as she probably expected.”
Faux finished the tournament with an average of 35 despite having minimal opportunities with the bat due to the team’s dominance.
ACT/NSW Country lived up to their high expectations, topping the leader board on 15 points.
Faux’s selection into the Talent Squad means she will attend the Cricket Centre of Excellence later this year where she will have the opportunity to earn representation in the Australian under-18 side.
Selectors chose 23 of the best players from the tournament out of 104 who competed.
The teenager will receive advice from the top Australian cricket coaches where she hopes to make a positive impression.
“You’ve got to keep hitting these goals because if you miss one you fall by the wayside,” Mr Faux said.
Faux trains at the Macleay Indoor Sports Cricket Coaching Academy (MISCCA) under the watchful eyes of Higher Performance coaches Troy and Callan McKiernan and Kate Jackson.
Her father said the program had accelerated her development.
“The work Hannah has done with Troy, Callan and Kate has definitely helped her reach the level she’s at now,” he said.
“They’ve been coaching her for the past four years and you can see the progress she’s made each year.”
The three MISCCA coaches are very proud of the dedication and discipline the teenager displays and claimed she has all the attributes of an elite athlete.
They're all very excited to watch her continued success.