AUSTRALIAN under-19 paceman Mark Steketee has had a ball clocked at more than 130kmh during the early part of the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
The Maryvale club pace bowler was rated the fastest for his age in Queensland last season and took 2-35 off his nine overs in the Australia six-wicket victory against England at Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville, at the weekend.
With back-to-back games yesterday against Nepal and today against Ireland, Australia is rotating its fast bowlers.
Two pace bowlers, including Steketee, were rested for the Nepal game, but are almost certain to play today.
Australia will play three pool games before the top two in each pool advance to the Super League (top eight) stage for another round of matches.
With wins against England and Nepal, Australia is almost certain to advance to the Super League stage.
His mother Debbie Steketee said family members may fly north for some matches in the finals.
"Mark was feeling really good about his bowling after the win against England, he bowled into the wind and still clocked 131km/hr," she said.
During winter, he has trained twice a week in the pace bowling squad at Souths club in Brisbane in between casual work at Shelleys Industries in Warwick.
Steketee received some coaching from former Australian paceman Craig McDermott during one season in the Lord's Taverners under-17 competition with Gold Coast Dolphins and is again under the eye of McDermott, who is the under-19 team's bowling coach.
Inaugural Queensland Bulls winning Sheffield Shield captain Stuart Law is coach of the Australian under-19 team.
Steketee will be seeking a bag of wickets today against an Ireland team which was dismissed for 109 by England in its first game. England won that game by seven wickets.
- Australia 4-147 (35.1 overs) d England 143 (38.3 overs) with 89 balls left.
- Australia 7-294 (50 overs) d Nepal 82 (23.5 overs)
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