Cricket Tasmania congratulates its Under 19 Male captain, Keegan Oates, on his selection as Player of the Tournament at the National Under 19 Male Championships held in Adelaide the past fortnight.
But the good news didn't stop there, Oates, along with Lindisfarne teammate Jarrod Freeman and the team's Assistant Coach, Wade Townsend, have all been called up to Australian Under 19 squad for the Tour of SriLanka in January.
Oates - who plays in the Detail First Premier League at Lindisfarne Cricket Club and traveled with the Hobart Hurricanes Academy to Abu Dhabi T20 in October, finished as the tournament's leading run-scorer as Tasmania won five of their eight matches throughout the two weeks.
The only previous Tasmanian player to finish as the tournament's best player was the current Tigers Shield captain, Matthew Wade.
Oates' run tally of 430 scored at an average of 71.66 was complemented by his nine wickets with the ball in hand.
"I'm pretty happy," Oates said.
“I prepared well coming in, it’s probably the hardest I’ve trained for the last couple of years and working with our coaches Ali (de Winter) and Wade (Townsend), they’ve been phenomenal in helping me."
“I came into the tour being fairly positive. I was more focused on the captaincy and just doing right things there and leading by example."
“I didn’t think I’d come close to being Player of the Tournament or making as many runs as I did.”
"This is the first Australian team I’ve made,” Oates said.
“I was pretty nervous (waiting).
“They finally called my name out and it was pure relief. I went up there and shook Ryan Harris’ hand. I called my family back home later that night, and they were really happy.”
“Frog and I are pretty close, we’ve played together since the Under 15s."
“I’m lucky to have another Tassie boy with me in the squad, I’m looking forward to touring with him.”