When I first arrived in Australia in 2003, I had no idea what to expect.
I’d been to school for only two years, and only played football for the boys.
I had never heard of a cricket academy.
After spending the first year at the Brisbane Cricket Ground as a 16-year-old, I got a chance to see the players play against each other and also learn how to be a coach.
The competition was so intense and it was so exciting.
I was on my way to being the first Australian to win a World Cup and one of the first to make it into the senior squad.
I was so excited and honoured to be there, but my biggest achievement was that the first-team was able to grow.
I’ve had a fantastic time with the Commerce Club.
I love the team, the coach, the support, the coaching staff.
I’ve got so much to offer.
I have a fantastic team-mates, coaches, players and staff and I think it’s a great place to learn.
The first-year coach at the Commerce academy, Paul Ainslie, says he is pleased to have me as part of his team.
“I was a little bit apprehensive about getting involved with a school like this, but it’s something that I’ve had to do and it’s been a big part of my life for a long time,” he said.
“It’s definitely a bit of a new beginning for me.
I’m very excited about it.”
Ainslie has also had a great experience with Cricket Australia, having coached at the youth level in his home state of Queensland.
He said he had a very positive experience in the early stages of his coaching career.
“There were no barriers for me,” he told the ABC.
As a player, it was an opportunity to do something new and it certainly got me involved with coaching and I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to work with a really good group of people.””
It was an exciting time, especially when I went from being a player to coaching.”
As a player, it was an opportunity to do something new and it certainly got me involved with coaching and I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to work with a really good group of people.
“In his role as the coach at Commerce, Ainslay has worked with the team and is looking forward to what’s ahead.”
This is my first year as the manager of a school, so I’m excited to see how it’s going to develop,” he added.”
The first year has been fantastic for me, but I know there are a lot of things to come.