Scorton cricketer heading to Australia with England

SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Thomas Wilson poses during the Learning Disabilities Tri-Series Training Camp on February 8, 2015 in Shrewsbury, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Thomas Wilson poses during the Learning Disabilities Tri-Series Training Camp on February 8, 2015 in Shrewsbury, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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A former Ripley St Thomas pupil has been given a dream opportunity to play against Australia.

Thomas Wilson, 21, from Scorton will head Down Under next month to take part in four one-day internationals and two T-20 matches.

He will join the 15-man England learning disability squad and will travel to Melbourne on March 7 with his mum Liz and Dad Ian.

Thomas, who started playing cricket when he was 16, said: “It is a dream come true. Since I started playing I always wanted to get to this level and now that I am at it I want to make sure I stay at this level. I only started cricket when I was 16 but some of the other lads on the team started when they were about five or six so it has only taken me five years to get to this level.”

Thomas, who used to go to Nateby Primary School and Myerscough college, played as a goal keeper for Garstang FC and was luckily drafted in to play as wicketkeeper for the local cricket team.

Thomas said: “I got in to playing cricket from playing football. My coach asked me could I stand in as wicketkeeper for the cricket team as the cricket club play just next door to the football.

“They needed a wicketkeeper and it is quite similar to being a goalie and I really enjoyed playing it.”

After playing for Lancashire’s learning disability team, Thomas underwent a talent development training at Old Trafford and after two weeks the head coach in charge of the North said he had made the England squad.

He said: “I’m looking forward to actually seeing the city of Melbourne as I’ve never been to Australia and we are going to stay an extra week to look around Sydney too.”

Follow the squad’s progress in Australia at www.ecb.co.uk.