Jake Weatherald and BBL opening partner Phil Salt
“After my first year of grade cricket I was in the emerging South Australia squad and they sacked me off and said they thought I was never going to play First-Class cricket…“
G’day legends. Welcome back or welcome to the Cricket Mentoring Podcast. If you’re listening to this during the coronavirus then I hope this podcast finds you well and gives you some lessons or inspiration to live your best life.
I absolutely love sharing the unique and individual stories of cricketers at different stages of their career on this podcast.
Today’s guest is someone who has already done some great things in the game but at 25 years of age has his best cricket still ahead of him and some huge ambition to go with it.
As an opening batsman for South Australian and the Adelaide Strikers, Jake Weatherald is a 3 format player who is one of the most exciting batters in Australia.
In this first part of our conversation, we discuss Jake’s early days of playing cricket and how it wasn’t all smooth sailing for him.
When watching Jake on TV, he comes across as one of the most elegant and free-flowing batters in the game but as you’ll hear there is a lot of thought and planning and enormous amounts of hard work that goes into his game which was a result of being a lazy but quite skilled teenager.
So without giving away anything more, this is a story that I’m sure will inspire a lot of young cricketers out there so let’s get into it.
In this episode we discussed:
- His early memories playing cricket.
- The transition from junior cricket to grade cricket.
- Making the move from Darwin to Adelaide.
- His different pathway to professional cricket.
- The work he has done on his game with Chris Rogers.
- Becoming the first person to score a century in a BBL Final.
Plus so much more!
It’s great to hear Jakes story – thanks for bringing it to me in this format – looking forward to part b