Cricket World Cup: McCarter jets out to Australia

Graeme McCarter.
Graeme McCarter.

Coleraine new recruit Graeme McCarter has flown to Australia as back-up for Ireland’s World Cup squad.

The ex-Fox Lodge man has travelled to Australia to provide stand-by support for Phil Simmons’ side.

The 22-year-old seam bowler arrived in Sydney earlier this week where he will be hosted by Randwick Petersham CC, using their base for training. McCarter will also play for a club in Newcastle at weekends.

“Graeme is one of the fringe players who did not make the World Cup squad, but we feel it is important to ensure the next bowler in line is on stand-by, acclimatised, and with match practice under their belt should there be a serious injury,” said Richard Holdsworth, the Cricket Ireland Performance Director.

“Graeme has impressed the selectors and was unlucky not to make the final 15. A month in Coogee will allow him to further develop ahead of the new season, and be ready and nearby should he be called up.

“Randwick Petersham have been outstanding in their support of the Ireland team, hosting us at the beginning of February in our world cup preparations, and hosting Graeme is further cementing a great relationship between the two organisations. Graeme will have access to a gym, pool and will train at the Coogee Oval with the club.”

McCarter has played four times for Ireland taking seven wickets, with his best performance being a match haul of 5 for 30 in the InterContinental Cup win against Scotland in 2013.