Local amateur cricketers are coming out of the woodwork amid the Cricket Australia pay war which is triggering professional player strikes and boycotts.
Numerous sub-par players from all parts of Australia are putting their hands up to play for their nation.
One South Australian cricketer, Simon, 27, who bats at nine and bowls third change for his C-grade club side says he is raring to go.
“I bowl medium pace pies and can’t bat to save my life,” he said.
“Slot me straight in for Mitch Marsh.”
Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, says while it’s encouraging to see the amount of cricketers interested in stepping up to the Australian side, they only pick the country’s very best.
“Unfortunately we only select the very best … and maybe the likes of Matty Wade, Nic Maddinson, Jackson Bird and the Marsh brothers,” he said.
“But Cricket Australia encourages all grade cricketers to keep producing what grassroots Australian cricket needs — ripper cordial and premium bants.”