Mark Steketee of Australia bowls during the match between Australia and New Zealand on day three of the U19 International Quad Series at Tony Ireland Stadium on April 9, 2012 in Townsville, Australia.
Mark Steketee of Australia bowls during the match between Australia and New Zealand on day three of the U19 International Quad Series at Tony Ireland Stadium on April 9, 2012 in Townsville, Australia. Ian Hitchcock - Getty Images

Speedster fires in Australian debut

MARK Steketee has made a lively start in his first two games for the Australian under-19 side in the quadrangular series in Townsville.

The Warwick paceman debuted for Australia on Thursday against England and bowled four overs.

Steketee played his second game on Monday against New Zealand and was part of the same bowling attack as Test speedster Patrick Cummins, who has returned to the field after a long injury break.

Cummins opened the bowling and Steketee bowled nine overs at first change for 0-28.

Australia bowled New Zealand out for 146 and scored the winning runs for the loss of four wickets.

His mother Debbie Steketee said Mark's second bowling performance was by far his best.

"He had a couple of shouts for LBW and beat the bat a number of times," Debbie said.

"Mark was happy with his bowling on Monday, he said Patrick is a good bloke."

Australia has wins against New Zealand and India and a loss to England.

The players are now enjoying three days off before the semi-final on Friday at Endeavour Park.

The grand final and play-off for third will be on Sunday.

This series is a forerunner to the World Cup in South-east Queensland and Townsville in August.

Debbie said the games had attracted a reasonable crowd.

"The facilities are really good for the crowd at Tony Ireland Park."


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