Jarrod Freeman remains tight-lipped over debuting in Australia’s opening under-19 World Cup game, but feels confident he can play a role should coach Ryan Harris call on the all-rounder.
“I’m not real sure,” he said.
“Whatever happens, happens but I think I’ve done everything I can to put my name forward.”
The final XI will be named just prior to the toss of the coin ahead of the side’s day/night match on Sunday.
Australia’s campaign starts against India in Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island.
Freeman is backing recent state form at the under-19 national championships.
The hard-hitting batsman scored 283 runs at 47.17 and took nine wickets at 32.33 that included claiming the fourth most economical figures at 3.69 runs per over in the Tasmanian tournament.
“Right at the moment, I am bowling just as good as I ever have been,” Freeman said.
“I’m fully confident in myself and my bowling, and the other day I thought I bowled pretty well in the conditions.”
Rain for Australia’s second warm-up clash against South Africa didn’t help Freeman’s push for selection after just two overs against Sri Lanka.
“I was scheduled to come in next, so I didn’t get a bat. All our batsman got a run through first and I was just unfortunate,” Freeman said.
“It was good to get overs under the belt early against Sri Lanka, who are used to the spin like the Indians.”
The format that allowed all 15 squad players match practice can be easily dismissed.
But the steely 17-year-old’s nerve at the Gabba just seven days earlier surely will be back in the minds of the national under-19 selectors.
A six off the second-last ball of that T20 fixture – also the Mowbray all-rounder’s first ball at the crease – sealed the Gilchrist XI’s win by three wickets in the pre-BBL game over a Ponting XI.
“It’s all pretty surreal,” he said. “I set a goal last year to make this squad, and to get my opportunity and work hard is an absolute honour.
“You never know who’ll make it – I will always be able to look back and think I played with those players.
“But I try not to put too much pressure on myself.”
Freeman said both Harris and his assistant coach Chris Rogers handed the George Town product sound advice and bolstered the down-to-earth teenager’s confidence.
“It’s really good for two men not long out of the game that still have the eyes to pick up the little things,” he said.
Unrelated to the under-19 World Cup, Cricket Australia had reprimanded and fined Harris $3000 on Friday in relation to negative tweets over Hobart Hurricanes’ controversial BBL dismissal of Brisbane Heat’s Alex Ross for obstructing the field.