Will Legg

leggThis 18-year-old Peppard Stoke Row Cricket Club teenager is enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime playing cricket at the world-renowned Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide, Australia. Having scored more than 1,000 runs for PSR during the past two summers, he went down-under at the start of the year for a three-month stint to further hone his skills.

Last year’s Oratory School 1st XI captain began in Group Two at the Academy – set up by current Australia national coach Darren Lehmann – but quickly impressed coaches including Australian and South African internationals Mark Cosgrove and Johan Botha. He has moved into Group One alongside England Under19 star George Hankins and a selection of county-contracted players, including Somerset’s left-arm spinner Dom Bess. Legg’s room-mate, Arthur Godsal, was called up from the Academy by England Under19s for their tour of India late in January.

The training regime is gruelling, focussing on strength and conditioning, with players taken out of their comfort zone doing activities such as boxing and the infamous ‘Snake Pit’ – a sand-based running track where participants have to run the final lap while carrying water in their mouths.

Legg has been playing club cricket for Brighton CC in the Premier Grade of the Adelaide Turf Association competition, and also replaced Hampshire’s Joe Weatherley in playing for the Academy against Future Stars recently. He said: ‘It has been an eye-opening but wonderful experience. It has been incredibly tough work but I am sure I will see the benefits. The opportunity to play with professional cricketers has been incredible and the standard of coaching is exceptional, so I am hoping to have a really productive summer when I am back in England. I have also learned to cook for myself which I am happy about!’

Richard Ashton