Full seam ahead for Chard
FOR The Clarence Valley's rising cricket star, Brad Chard, being selected in the Australian under 19 side to tour India is a dream come true.
But on the eve of his departure for a one-day series in India the Coutts Crossing fast bowler appeared a little nervous.
You see, in the back of Chard's mind he knows a 15-hour flight from Sydney to Dubai awaits him.
And at 188cm the lanky left-arm quick might be crying out for some extra leg-room.
"We fly out of Sydney on Thursday night for Dubai and I'm starting to get a bit nervous," Chard revealed. "The longest flight I've been on is to Tasmania and Darwin so it will be interesting sitting on a plane for 15 hours."
Chard admits bowling in the sub-continent will test his resolve, but is looking forward to the challenge.
"We went into camp in Brisbane a few weeks ago and the coaching staff told us what to expect," he said.
"The pitches in India will be a lot flatter than in Australia, with less bounce. I'll just have to make sure I bowl to the conditions."
Part of Chard's training regime since selected into the Australian side has involved bowling up to eight overs in the nets in preparation for the opening game against India on Sunday,
"They told me to bowl about eight overs three times a week and basically keep fit," he said. "I probably should have done a bit more work on my overall fitness, but finding time has been a problem."
When it comes to left-arm fast bowling Chard is a natural. His relaxed bowling action and ability to move the ball off the deck has seen a meteoric rise from bush cricket to wearing the baggy green.
Bowling on the sub-continental 'dust bowls' of India will be a far cry from the green tops littered throughout the Clarence.
But for Chard, apart from the slow wickets and gruelling flight he will be hoping he doesn't experience all cricketers' nightmare-the dreaded "Delhi Belly"
"I'm not sure what to experience as far as food goes," Chard said.
"I don't mind the odd curry but I'm not sure I could handle eating one every day."
The Quad-Series in India will give selectors an opportunity to monitor the progress of players with the ICC under 19 World Cup to be played in Australia next August.
Under 19 TOUR
2011 Australia tour to Vizag, India
Game 1 v India: September 27
Game 2v West Indies: September 29
Game 3 v Sri Lanka: October 1
Game 4 v India: October 3
Game 5 v West Indies: October 5
Game 6 v Sri Lanka: October 7
One-Day Final and 3rd and 4th Play-Off: October 9