Born and raised in Western Sydney, emerging cricket stars Will Salzmann and Liam Doddrell are set to realise a shared childhood dream, as they officially join the Sydney Thunder for BBL|13.
20-year-old Will Salzmann, hailing from Camden, and 21-year-old Penrith local Liam Doddrell, have traversed their junior representative cricket paths together and against each other.
Now, as dynamic all-rounders, they unite in the lime green colours of the Sydney Thunder, guided by the expertise of coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Chris Green.
Salzmann, securing a two-season deal, has been a prominent figure in the Australian U19 team, and has contributed to NSW’s Marsh One-Day Cup campaigns. His most notable performance was against defending the champions Western Australia, which included a match-winning effort with bowling figures of 4/48 and crucial runs with the bat.
Reflecting on his journey to the Thunder, Salzmann explained his excitement.
“I had been in discussions with [the Thunder assistant coach] Shawn Bradstreet for a month or so about [before] joining [the] Thunder,” Salzmann said.
“Then I got a call from Andrew Gilchrist, [the Head of Sydney Thunder] to offer me a contract and it was all quite surreal.
“I’ve built a strong relationship with Shaun in his role as the NSW Blues bowling coach and when he was interested in me joining Thunder I was pretty excited, but for it to actually happen, it’s pretty cool.”
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Both Salzmann and Doddrell echoed how playing for the Thunder was a ‘childhood dream’, with both players reminiscing about supporting the club and going to their games when they were younger.
“When I was younger, I always dreamed of playing for Sydney Thunder and now to get a contract, it’s unreal, sort of breathtaking,’ Doddrell said.
There’s a sense of familiarity between Salzmann and Doddrell, not just with knowing each other playing cricket, but also, having a similar approach to playing the game.
“We have kind of the same game, bowlers who can bat, and it will be really good to be there with ‘Salzy’. He’s such a competitor and I am going to love being there and doing this with him.”
Sydney Thunder starts their season against the Brisbane Heat at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday, December 12.