From Corndale to Mumbai
By STEVE SPINKS
LISMORE'S latest addition to the Australian cricket team is having the time of his life.
Tom Cooper, from Corndale, just outside Lismore, joined the Aussies in India last week.
He and his father Barry are guests of the Australian team after Tom won a scholarship from Cricket Australia following his awesome performances at the Australian Under-17 carnival in January, when he was named player of the tournament.
"He's having a fantastic time," Tom's mother Berni Cooper said yesterday.
"He was 12th man in Mumbai and he got to carry the drinks.
"He was even in the Mumbai newspapers."
According to Mrs Cooper, the team has welcomed Tom with open arms.
"The team has been really good," she said.
"There's a tradition that only players can go on the bus to the game.
"They let Tom on and Barry had to catch a taxi."
During his 12th man appearance, Cooper had to borrow his creams from another Lismore cricket product.
Former Lismore player Adam Gilchrist is the acting Australian captain.
There have also been other highlights, including a dinner at Sachin Tendulkar's restaurant with a few members of the Aussie team.
However, the Indian superstar was not on hand to offer any suggestions about the menu.
Tom and his father Barry will watch the first two days of the First Test in Bangalore starting this afternoon before flying home.