Horsham’s Tony Caccaviello has been selected to represent Victoria Country at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in January.
The Championships will be held in Shepparton.
Caccaviello said he was ecstatic to make the squad of 14.
“This is something that I’ve really been working towards for the last few years, so I’m pretty pumped,” he said.
“It’s going to be the highest standard of cricket I’ve played which will be interesting.”
Victoria Country will play eight T20 or one-day matches against teams representing South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia between January 3 – 11.
Caccaviello said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“It will be really good to play against the best country cricketers in Australia. It should be awesome to see,” he said.
“It’s a lot of games in a short period of time, so that will be pretty challenging on the body.”
Caccaviello, a pace bolwer, was an emergency for the team two years ago when he was playing league cricket with the Horsham Saints.
Last season Caccaviello moved to St Joseph’s in the Geelong Cricket Association to challenge himself in one of Victoria’s best country leagues.
“I just wanted to test myself – it’s the highest standard of cricket that I’ve played,” he said.
“I probably haven’t had as much on-field success this season but I’ve been bowling okay.”
Caccaviello said the cricket this season has prepared him well for country selection. He was selected after a series of trial sessions over the last few months.
“We’ve got a practice match in Geelong next Sunday and that will be the only time we get together as a group and get to play together before the Champs,” he said.
“Through the trials I know some of the guys pretty well already which is good.
“I’m just really looking forward to it.”