ANU skipper Leerdam gets taste of baggy green

«It was like a video game actually, at the fall of wicket or drinks, you run out and the whole team were there talking about what they’re going to do next, I just looked around and thought how good is this,» Leerdam said.

«It was unreal, the boys were really good at getting around you and making you feel welcome which was surprising because they had a Test match to play.

«Nathan Lyon being a Canberra boy was keen to make us feel comfortable, Peter Siddle and Marcus Stoinis were really good. We were talking more shit than cricket but we did try and pick their brains a little bit.

«They all had their own personalities some were intense and some were relaxed, very focused. We got to warm up with them and go to team meetings and be in the dressing rooms.

«We got to keep the kit too. Our training gear and pants and playing shirt. I got Nathan Lyon’s tracksuit and Vaney got Tim Paine’s gloves.

«Vaney was wearing the unofficial baggy green too, the Cricket Australia one with a different emblem and he got to keep that too.»

ANU face Tuggeranong Valley in the Douglas Cup on Saturday in a top-four battle at Chisholm Oval and Leerdam said he was expecting a tough contest.

«They’ve probably been the best one or two sides for two or three years now so this one will be a really good indication of where we’re at,» Leerdam said.

«We’re definitely a chance for finals. We’ve got a tough run home but I think we’re every chance of sneaking into the top four.»




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