McDermott’s teenage son ready to debut for Queensland

December 22nd, 2008 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Dec 22 (IANS) Almost 25 years after fast bowler Craig McDermott made an impressive debut for Queensland, his teenage son Alister McDermott is going to debut for the same provincial team in a Twenty20 clash against New South Wales at the Gabba starting Friday.Craig, then 18, bagged 4-75 in his first innings against Victoria at the Gabba in 1983 and now his 17-year-old son will be hoping to showcase his bowling talents.

Alister not only looks but also bowls like his father, already boasts a best of 6-6 off six overs as a 13-year-old playing for Surfers Paradise in an under 15 competition.

He got the call up while playing in the final game in the Australian U-19 championships at the weekend.

“I was very surprised, I wasn’t expecting it all,” Alister, who’s just completed high school at Southport, was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

On the similar bowling actions, Alister said: “It’s pretty similar, I get told that a lot. When I watch footage of dad bowl, I can see the similarities. There’s no pressure and the comparisons don’t bother me at all.”

Asked whether he has got any advice from his father, the teenager said: “He hasn’t said too much apart from congratulations. He’s talked to me about body language and about being nice to umpires. He said if they make a bad decision or I think it’s out and they give it not out, just to ask why and move my focus onto the next ball and leave it behind.”

Alister is one of five Twenty20 debutants along with Wade Townsend, Glen Batticciotto, Ben Cutting and Ben Laughlin, named in the 13-man squad.

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