Brendan Smith named in National Indigenous squad

Representing his culture: Hinchinbrook resident Brendan Smith has been named in the National Indigenous Squad for upcoming games in Brisbane. Picture: Chris Lane
Representing his culture: Hinchinbrook resident Brendan Smith has been named in the National Indigenous Squad for upcoming games in Brisbane. Picture: Chris Lane

Hinchinbrook resident Brendan Smith knows a little bit about making cricket representative teams.

But the perennial under-age NSW cricket player places making the National Indigenous squad right at the top of his list of his achievements.

“It means a lot to represent your culture in a game that you love,” Smith told the Champion.

“Any time I make an Indigenous squad it is extra special for me.”

The 19-year-old will line-up for the National Indigenous team in games against the Queensland XI, Papua New Guinea and National Performance Squad teams in August at Brisbane.

Smith, who was the Sydney Thunder’s BBL06 Indigenous captain, is hoping it is a step towards making the 2018 tour of the United Kingdom in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team.

“It would be great to make that tour – that is definitely something I want to be a part of,” the former Westfields Sports High School student said.

The all-rounder is currently in training-mode after coming off another big summer.

Smith finished the season in Bankstown’s first grade team and played in the drawn NSW Premier Cricket final taking two catches.

He also scored an unbeaten century during the Thunder’s Indigenous T20 tournament against the Sixers.