Sam's sights on World Cup
SACRIFICING his “schoolies” celebration has paid off for 17-year-old Sam Truloff, with the Ipswich batsman chosen in the Australia Institute of Sport Centre of Excellence squad for a national Twenty20 series.
Truloff will step on to his biggest stage next week when he competes for the AIS team in the Cricket Australia Futures League T20 tournament in Melbourne.
His selection came despite the right-handed middle-order batsman having a poor series in the national under-19 championships in Brisbane.
He has also struggled to find form in the Brisbane grade competition for the Wests club this year, having not made a 50.
Truloff’s highest score during the under-19 tournament was 40 not out. But this did not bother the selectors.
“I was getting myself out, playing the wrong shots throughout the tournament,” Truloff said.
“My technique was fine, but I was just not concentrating like I should be.
“I’m naturally an aggressive player but its something I need to control more and that’s what I’m working on with my coaches at the moment.”
Truloff just graduated from high school and skipped the traditional schoolies celebration at the Gold Coast to play in the national under-19 championships.
But although he was getting text messages from his friends during the week telling him how much he was missing out on, Truloff was not particularly bothered by missing the renowned week of fun and celebration.
“It was fine playing cricket instead, I didn’t really care,” he said. “I play a lot of cricket so missing out on things like that will keep happening for a while I guess.
“I was getting texts from mates during the week, but I was not too worried about it all.”
Truloff, who played for the Queensland under-17 team last year, said his main ambition was to use the Futures League tournament to push for a berth in the Australian under-19 team.
The under-19 World Cup will be played in Canada next year and Truloff hopes to turn his form around in time to cement a seat on the plane.
“That’s my main goal at the moment, to get into that Australian team,” he said.
“It would be great to be part of a World Cup.”
Truloff will be joined in the AIS squad by Queensland Bulls T20 batsman Nathan Reardon.
“I’m really looking forward to the event and hopefully I can learn a lot about my technique,” Truloff said.