Rainham’s Ronnie out to beat Aussies
PUBLISHED: 09:30 20 February 2015
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Abbs Cross student in England LD team
Rainham’s Ronnie Jackson insists he is ready to prove age is nothing but a number when he travels Down Under next month with the England Learning Disabilities cricket team.
Jackson is in a 15-man squad that travels to Melbourne for four one-day internationals and two T20 matches against Australia, with the first match on March 17.
Despite being just 16 years old Jackson is no stranger to the international scene, having travelled with England to Holland last year.
But he is still the youngest player in this year’s team and determined to prove his worth.
“There’s a massive rivalry between the two countries, so it’s going to be a big occasion and one that I know I’ll enjoy,” said Jackson.
“Representing my country makes me feel really proud and I love putting on the England shirt.
“I can’t wait to get to Australia to feel the atmosphere. Apparently the Melbourne Cricket Ground is massive, so that will be really special to play in – I just can’t wait to beat the Aussies.
“We are heading there to win and while it will be tough we are all confident and I’m just hoping to play my part in this team’s success.”
Jackson, who represents Essex and is currently studying for his GCSEs at Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College in Hornchurch, decided to get involved with cricket after watching Jonathan Trott get his first Test century in the 2009 Ashes Series.
Inspired by the performances of Trott and Andrew Flintoff, he became determined to get into the England LD squad and feels developing alongside his team-mates has benefited him, not only as a player, but also an individual.
“Training with England is something I really look forward to,” he added. “There’s so much I can learn from the coaches and the players around me, I feel like I improve every time I join up with the team.
“Sometimes I find that my learning difficulties mean I have problems with staying patient and I also get a bit nervous when I bat, but that is starting to get better now.
“My parents are very supportive, my dad’s even coming out to Australia – he’s even more excited than me.”
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