Doran set to become youngest cricketer to play in BBL

"My goal is to represent my country at the highest level"

“My goal is to represent my country at the highest level”

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Australian wicketkeeper-batsman prodigy Jake Doran is set to become the youngest cricketer to play in the Big Bash League (BBL) after he was signed by the Sydney Thunder.

But, what is for certain is the fact that the 17-year-old is the youngest cricketer to sign a BBL contract, beating 18-year-old Meryck Buchanan, who was signed by the Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural edition of the tournament.

“I think there’s a better atmosphere around everyone who works at the club,” Doran told News Limited. “My goal is to represent my country at the highest level I can and hopefully stay there for a long period of time.

“In the mean time I’ll play my cricket with the Thunder and NSW and try and score as many runs as I can.”

Doran also noted that he is trying not to take notice of the fact that he will be playing alongside legends like Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis.

“Huss is obviously one of the greats of the game and I try not to take too much notice of that,” he said. “Being compared to Huss is a good thing, but I can just try to be myself and learn as much as I can from people like Huss and Kallis and everyone around the team who have obviously played first-class cricket.

“I’m just trying to learn as much I can off them at the moment and it’s exciting.”

However, remembering that he is still 17, Doran revealed that he has to complete his HSC exams next week before he can fully commit to training and playing with the Thunder.

“I’ve got my HSC exams next week that I’ve still got to do and I’m just trying to get everything done a normal person would in year 12,” Doran said. “But at the same time I’m focusing on my cricket and trying to get as far as I can.”

Doran is also confident that the Thunder can have a successful season, especially after they signed numerous talents like Kallis, Pat Cummins and Aiden Blizzard.

“(With) the signings we’ve got, with Kallis, Huss, Pat Cummins and all those blokes, it seems like we’ve got a strong side together and it’s going to be an exciting year,” he said.

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