FINE STYLE: Two-year-old Mason Cumming is already wielding the willow like his favourite player, national captain Michael Clarke.
FINE STYLE: Two-year-old Mason Cumming is already wielding the willow like his favourite player, national captain Michael Clarke. Rob Williams

Mason second Cumming of cricket disciple

IPSWICH might have produced the answer to some of Australia's current batting woes.

But they will have to wait about 20 years to take advantage of it.

At just two-and-a-half-years of age, Mason Cumming is showing the sort of devotion to the game Aussie cricket fans would love to see from their senior stars.

"I bought him a cricket bat for his first Christmas and he started swinging it around, hitting the ball off the ground," Mason's dad Kevin Cumming said.

"Whenever he sits down to watch TV, it's not cartoons.

"It's cricket.

"Whenever I'm with him, he wants to play cricket.

"On the weekend we were in the backyard with grand-dad and some mates for I don't know how long. At least a few hours.

"But I've taught him you have to come in for drinks breaks."

Mason's love for cricket is not entirely surprising given his family history.

Father Kevin and uncle Craig are both representative players and Ipswich first graders.

Kevin tried his hand as a batsman and wicketkeeper as a kid before filling out and finding his niche as a tall, left-arm paceman for Northsiders. Kevin has earned Queensland Country selection.

But Mason is definitely a batsman first and foremost.

"I think he's more like his uncle Craig," Kevin said of Mason. "An all-rounder."

Kevin is more than happy to indulge his son's requests to play cricket every chance they get but is far from the pushy parent.

He doesn't need to be with slow motion replays proving the perfect technical guide for Mason.

"I haven't taught him a thing other than to watch the ball," Kevin said. "He picks everything else up off the TV.

"He'll watch the replays and stand there and do the slow motion shots."

Mason's favourite player is Michael Clarke and he refers to his own uncle named Michael as uncle Michael Clarke.

If he's not pestering dad to play, it will be grand-dad Gary, who Mason calls "Par'', happily taking him to the nets for a hit.

While his devotion to cricket is remarkable, it is not his only interest - if he is not watching cricket, it will probably be soccer.

Or as Mason calls it, football.

 

- Jay Buchan



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