Mark Steketee in action for Queensland in underage cricket.
Mark Steketee in action for Queensland in underage cricket. Cricket Australia

Hitting the Mark in Aussie squad

MARK Steketee has been selected in an Australian under-18 talent squad to train at Allan Border Field later this month.

The Maryvale paceman who lives at Freestone was named in the Australian U19 Team of the Carnival after the recent nationals in Adelaide.

He took 16 wickets to be the third highest wicket taker in a carnival won by Queensland.

Steketee rolled his ankle before the game against Victoria but played the final four games of the carnival with a heavily strapped ankle.

"It is all right now," he said.

On Friday, Steketee plays for the Queensland Academy of Sport against an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander team before playing first-grade against Beenleigh on Saturday.

Brisbane first-grade is usually played over two successive Saturdays.

It will be his first club game since he took 6-16 off 10 overs in his first bowl in the top grade for Souths.

After making the team of the U19 championships, Steketee is a chance to make the Australian team for the World Cup in Brisbane this year.

He hasn't thought too much about his selection hopes.

"I am taking it one step at a time; I have to play well for my club first," he said.

He hopes to play more club games for Maryvale in Warwick cricket if the Maryvale and Souths game dates don't clash.

During last winter, he played cricket in England.


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