BRITISH import Alex ‘AJ’ Woodland isn’t faffing about playing cricket down under.
Since joining Kyabram Fire Brigade at the start of the season, Woodland has made a massive impact at the club and on regional selectors.
Not only helping the Flames’ to the top of the table, the 19-year-old helped Goulburn Murray seniors to their first Bendigo Country Week title with career best bowling figures of 6/17.
In addition to his , the young Englishman spent time in Hobart with the Future Stars Academy where he trained at Blundstone Arena and played against the Hobart Hurricanes.
He didn’t stop there – Woodland was also selected as part of Goulburn Murray’s Melbourne Country Week team where he was a strong performer contributing with wickets and runs.
Woodland admits there was an adaption phase when he stepped off the plane and made his way to Kyabram.
“I came here expecting it to be hot but it rained for the first couple of weeks,” he said.
“The heat hasn’t hit me too hard but long days in the field can be tough.
“Aside from that its been great cricket with a great team.”
After making a slow start, Woodland is pleased to be finishing the season strong.
“The first couple of months were a struggle but things have turned around in the last couple of weeks. I was really pleased with my performance in Bendigo,” he said.
“I had some great spells of bowling. I backed the 6/17 up with 4/43 the next day, I’m hoping it’s the start of a great run of form.”
The people in town have been very friendly and welcoming, Woodland said.
“It’s similar to my hometown outside London. Everyone has been so good to me and I’ve become part of a great family,” he said.
“Working at Betta Home Living in Ky was a shock to the system because it was my first job but it’s also been great fun – Dean and Lou have really looked after me.”