Australia tour sets up Thomas for new season

Thomas Wilson with the trophy after England beat Australia.
Thomas Wilson with the trophy after England beat Australia.
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While England cricket is going through something of a post-world cup slump, Kirkby Lonsdale’s Thomas Wilson was part of a far more successful national side.

The 21-year-old was included in the England Learning Disabilities squad that hammered Australia 5-1 in their own backyard in March.

Thomas Wilson with the England squad at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Thomas Wilson with the England squad at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancashire player said the win would put him in a good position for his future career despite missing out on some of the action through injury.

Wilson said: “It was a great experience and I enjoyed it very much.

“Some of the pitches weren’t quite as quick as you would think Australian pitches to be - the bouncers they bowled were pretty comfortable to play.

“I injured my ankle in the warm-up match and missed out on the other games.

“That was really disappointing because I would have loved to play a bigger role in it all. But it was great to see the team doing so well.

“The Australians did had a lot of strong cricketers so it was all the more pleasing to beat them.”

Away from the cricket the side had a full tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Wilson said: “We saw an awful lot of Melbourne and we had a big presentation meeting ex-Australian players from the 80s and 90s.”

The top-order batsman from Scorton, who has been netting at Old Trafford with Lancashire over the winter period, travelled out to Australia with mum Liz and dad Ian and admitted conditions coming home were difficult to take.

He said: “It was a bit of a shock coming back - from 30 degree sunshine to sub-zero!”

Fresh of the back of his Australian tour, Wilson says he is confident Westmorland League side Kirkby Lonsdale can have a successful year.

He said: “The tour has really given me a head-start for the season with the bat.

“Our second XI has some really talented youngsters coming through so I’m confident they can challenge for the league.”

Thomas admitted it has been difficult for the first team who ended the 2014 season ninth in Division Two.

Wilson added: “While our second team looks good it has been a struggle for the firsts - we need to attract some more players and get up the table.”