Jack is the 'right man for the job'
LISMORE cricketer Jack Cooper will open the batting for Queensland in the semi-finals of the Under-17 national championships at Brisbane today.
Queensland will play the Cricket Australia X1 side which is made of players from various states.
Cooper has been a consistent performer during the championships and he hit two fours and three sixes when he scored 41 from opening bat against Victoria Metro on Monday.
His best performance came in the third round against NSW Metro where he scored 45 in the middle-order with coach John Davison having no hesitation moving him up the order.
"Jack has been a power hitter for us and hopefully he can produce something special in the finals,” Davison said. "He is a very talented batsman and he hits the ball as well as anyone here. We need someone that will go hard early and I think he is the right man for the job.
"He played with NSW Country last year and I think he has enough experience to leave a real stamp on this tournament.
"He has all the talent and skill, it's just about teaching him and the rest of the kids what they need to do to get to the next level.”
Cooper only recently turned 16 but has long been touted as a future star following on from his older brother Tom.
He will play club cricket on the Gold Coast this summer coming off a full season with Marist Brothers in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
A win in the semi-final today would see the Queensland side advance to the final at Allan Border Field tomorrow.
"It's a learning process for all the kids here and hopefully they keep improving as a team,” Davison said. "Our bowlers are pretty talented so if they get their act together we can go all the way and win it.”
The tournament final will be live-streamed and free to watch via www.cricket.com.au