Jack Morris is preparing to go into bat for his country at just 15-years old.
The Nelson College indoor cricket star will feature for New Zealand in the Junior World Series in Christchurch later this month.
Jack caught the eye of national selectors after recent performances for his province at the New Zealand Indoor Provincials in Christchurch last month, where his Southern side took out the U15 division.
“We played two games a day and won all but one against CD, we lost by one run.”
Southern met the Central side again in the final, this time coming out on top by three runs to win the tournament.
Jack was captain and keeper of the side, batting at four.
In the final, Jack produced a match winning partnership with fellow Nelson College student Jonty Raxworthy.
“You normally aim for about twenty for a partnership and we got into the forties, so I was pretty happy with the way I played,” he says.
He says the Southern side enjoyed a majority of vocal support from the crowd.
“The atmosphere was pretty cool, it’s where the Canterbury Rams play, it’s quite a big building and a lot of people came to support the final.”
Jack says indoor cricket is the ultimate all-rounder version of the game.
“Everyone has to bat and bowl.”
Following the final, Jack was named in the New Zealand side to take on the world next month.
“I got pretty nervous because I was about the seventh one named, but then they said it and I was pretty excited, Dad was there too which was really cool.”
Jack will warm up for the World Series with the Club Nationals on September 13, where he will represent the Hornby U22 side before the World Series starts on September 30.
The tournament will be Jack’s first taste of international competition, testing his skills against the best from Australia, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and Singapore.
Jack’s rise through the indoor ranks has been a rapid one, having only started playing last year.
However, he developed his cricketing skills playing its outdoor cousin since he was four years old.
“There weren’t too many sports I was good at, so I chose cricket,” he says.
Jack currently opens the batting for the 2nd XI and has already scored a century for his school.
He says he hopes to be blooded into the firsts later this year, is aiming to be on the plane to South Africa for the Indoor World Series in 2020 and ultimately dreams of making the Black Caps.
“I want to play for Central Districts and hopefully one day the Black Caps.
“But I have to make the 1st XI first.”