Jason Sangha was in business class when he got the call-up to make his national domestic one-day competition debut on Saturday.
It was match eve and Sangha, who has recently moved from Hunter Sports High School to Waverley College, found out he would line up for the Cricket Australia XI in the Matador Cup.
“I heard the buzz in my bag and didn’t know whether to pick up or not,” he said. “I’m glad I rang back.”
The NSW Blues squad member, the youngest ever to receive a state contract, recently turned 17 and came into the side as an injury replacement.
The right-hander scored eight runs batting at seven and finished with 1-49 from seven overs of leg-spin during the loss to South Australia.
“It was a great experience, completely different from anything I’ve done before,” he said about the List A fixture.
Sangha will not stay with the CA XI for Saturday’s tour match against South Africa in Adelaide, instead he returns for Randwick-Petersham in Sydney first grade.
However, he has retained his spot in the under-17 CA XI team to contest the under-19 Australian Championships in Adelaide in December.
Central North trio Pat Magann, Ryan Meppem and Tom Scoble were named in the ACT-NSW Country squad and will also compete at the same carnival.