By MITCH RODD
COMPARISONS between young Campbell Griffiths, PICTURED, and the great Australian fast bowler Bruce Reid would not be far off the mark.
The 15-year-old left-arm pace bowler is lightly built, but already stands at 192cm and possesses deadly speed and bounce.
Campbell’s traits and previous selection for the Victorian Under 15 national championship team has not gone unnoticed. The Merbein South product has been selected in the Australian Under 16 team, as well as the 2017/18 Cricket Australia Rookie Pathways squad.
The selection allows Campbell to access top level coaching, as well as an opportunity to potentially attend a four-day camp at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
“Cricket Australia picked 52 of the best cricketers from 14 to 17 and they try to get the best out of them,” Campbell said.
“I wasn’t quite sure what it was about initially, but once I got the email from Cricket Australia and read a bit more into it, it looked like a good opportunity for me. Coaches are looking for something different and hopefully I can offer that.”
“I’ve always loved cricket, but it’s really been in the last couple of years where I thought about going further. Now I’ve started I’m definitely going to push myself and aim for the next level.”
Campbell said he would play the majority of the current season with his home club in the Sunraysia Cricket Association (SCA), but was also looking at potentially playing some games in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition in Melbourne. He has been invited to train with Melbourne Cricket Club.
Starting Monday, Campbell will pull on the green and gold for the Under 17 National Championships in Queensland.
Campbell was set to play for Victoria, alongside Mildura Settlers’ Paddy Keogh, before recieving the call-up from the Australian team. Mildura East’s Jayden Hunt was also selected in the Victorian team before injury ruled him out of the tournament.
“I enjoy the bounce you get up in Queensland, but last year the fast bowlers got carted around and it was the spinners who did the damage,” Campbell said. “I can’t wait to play there again.”