Rep cricketer bowling to bigger and better future

Callum Rossiter in action for Tumut Plains in the Elders Cup competition.

The cricketing world is Callum Rossiter’s oyster at the moment, with the talented opening bowler proving he has the ability to progress on to further representative honours.  

Most recently, Rossiter represented Murrumbidgee in the NSW Youth Championships in Dubbo, opening with the new ball on each occasion.  

On December 6, Rossiter finished with 1/19 from four overs and was seven not out with the bat when he side went down by three wickets to CAW Murray

In round two on December 18, Murrumbidgee suffered a heart-breaking one run loss to Central West with the young quick finishing with 0/7 from three overs.

Murrumbidgee broke through for a win on December 19 though, with a three wicket win over Western Plains and Rossiter finished with 2/24.

The 14-year-old said it was a great experience, as he was introduced to new techniques and was able to play against the best cricketers in the state and work with high-level representative coaches. 

“We got some coaching on little things, and they helped with personal development and things I can do better,” Rossiter said. 

“They helped with my follow through action and getting my front arm up and those little things.”

The Tumut cricketer said it was a big step up when playing at the NSW Youth Championships this year but he still enjoyed bowling against some classy opposition. 

“It was a big level increase, and the kids are a lot better than last year,” Rossiter said. 

“I reckon I got a lot better as the games went on and it was good to bowl against some really good batsmen.” 

The youngster has made a name for himself in the Elders Cup cricket competition this year, moving from the Commercial Colts to Tumut Plains.

After being given the new ball by his captain, Stephen Gill, Rossiter has shone with an average of 14.58, bowling 43 overs for the figures of 12/175 in 2020/21. 

Rossiter wasn’t too concerned about his figures though, and said having the opportunity to play with the likes of Gill and Luke Armstrong was making him a better cricketer.

“I am just taking on little tips from these guys, who have been playing a lot longer,” Rossiter said. 

“And with Luke, he has been teaching me to step a half a metre to the other side, and bowl with a straight run up. I definitely get more out of playing with Plains than playing with kids.”

Rossiter looks to really lift in big games too, taking 4/41 against Coolac and 3/29 against Wyangle in recent outings, and he admitted he looked forward to bowling against the best batsmen in the competition. 

“That’s who you want to bowl against when you are opening the bowling,” Rossiter said. 

“Against Gundagai I probably slacked off a little and started to think it was easy, but against the more experienced teams, I found myself more focused on what I’m doing and finishing my actions and that is something I need to try and do against all teams.”

Murrumbidgee coach, Matt Dart, found a lot of praise for Rossiter, who he thought had the ability to make it further. 

“He is definitely suited to the longer form of the game,” Dart said. 

“He bowled some good pace and some really nice balls. With time and practice, he will make a really nice bowler and could make it a long way if he keeps focused.”

Rossiter’s representative commitments are over for the time being, and the Tumut Plains opener will now turn his attention to helping his side to a top four finish in the Elders Cup, starting with Lotts this weekend.