NEW CHALLENGE: Jason Sangha during his debut for NSW last week. Picture: AAPJason Sangha has only been to the outskirts of Melbourne once before,and that was for a wedding.
But for the next four days he will be in the heart of the city and representing NSWagainst Victoria at one of cricket’s iconic venues –the MCG.
And while theNewcastle 19-year-old is excited about his first lookat the hallowed piece of sporting turf, he now wants to try and cement his spot in the Blues XIafter making his Sheffield Shield debut last week.
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“Theopportunity to play for NSW is exciting and last week was an amazing experience,” Sangha told the Newcastle Herald.
“To debut for my state and play alongside some of the guys I’ve grown up watching was great.
“Now I’ve done it once, I want to try and keep doing it as many times as I can.”
Sangha and fellow Shield debutants Jack Edwards and Daniel Sams retained their positions in what was originally an unchanged12-man NSW squad for thesecond-round clash following a first-up draw with South at the Adelaide Oval.
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Blues regulars Sean Abbott (personal reasons) and Steve O’Keefe (injury) have since been ruled out with Harry Conway and Daniel Fallins the respective replacements.
The NSW starting XI will be announced at the coin toss on Thursday.
Sangha can’t wait to get out in the middle.
“I’ve never been into Melbourne, only driven around it for a wedding on the outskirts, so I’ve never actually been to the MCG before,” the former Wallsend and Southern Lakes playersaid.
“It will be unbelievable to be there.”
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The former Hunter Sports High School student said the speech delivered by NSW captain Peter Nevill when presenting his baggy blue cap gave him “shivers”.
“For someone like that, our skipper and a former Test player, to present the cap and say what he did was special,” Sanghasaid.
“Honestly, I had shivers. And looking at his cap, and how worn it was compared to mine, there was obviously a major difference. But hopefully mine will be like that one day.”
Sangha scored 12 and 33 in his first two innings.