Mortimer off to U19 World Cup

DAMIEN Mortimer isn't worried about duty free shopping while in Dubai this month.

The Denham Court teenager is a member of the Australian under-19s cricket team playing in the United Arab Emirates at the 16-nation World Cup, which starts on Saturday, February 15.

Mortimer said scoring loads of runs is his personal focus and the main aim is for Australia to win the trophy.

"It's a dream come true to play for Australia at this World Cup," Mortimer said.

Mortimer has played in several different NSW age representative teams and for the Australian under-19s team at last year's international one day series in Darwin.

He said the sacrifices and support of his parents Catherine and Michael have given him the chance to realise his dream and play for Australia.

"My parents have done so much for me, so I am going to buy them a ticket to come and watch me play in Dubai," Mortimer said.

He said the World Cup will provide strong opposition.

"India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan and England will be the hardest to beat," Mortimer said.

He flew to Sri Lanka last week for a training camp before the team arrives in Dubai.

Australia are the defending champions, having won the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand.

"We want to win it again," Mortimer said.

Mortimer, who bats at No.3 for Campbelltown Camden in the Sydney first grade competition, is averaging 30 this season, with a highest score of 120.

He started playing grade cricket at 13 with Western Suburbs.

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