EAST Ballarat cricketer Adrian Tinetti will take to the field for Australia next week when the side tours India.
Tinetti flies out this week for the Lawyers Cricket World Cup in New Delhi.
He can hardly wait to experience the frenzied cricket fans of India – a nation that made Brett Lee a Bollywood star.
“It’ll be a fantastic experience,” Tinetti said.
“I’ve spoken to some of the guys who played in the first (Lawyers) Cup in 2007 that was in India.
“We have six different receptions and welcoming parties and the crowds should be pretty good.”
Australia will also field a secondary Australia A team in the tournament.
Reigning premier India remains the team to beat – after all the nation can pick from 1.3 million lawyers.
This will be Tinetti’s second cup.
Part of Federation University’s legal team and Central Highlands community legal centre, Tinetti opened the batting for Australia two years ago in Barbados and the Aussies missed the final when they lost to the West Indies on the last ball of a match.
Tinetti, of Shepherd’s Flat, said the hardest part of the trip was leaving his wife and eight-week-old daughter behind.
But he said he was determined to make them proud.
And there was the added buzz of pulling on the green-and-gold again.
“You do get excited (representing Australia), particularly when you’re overseas pulling on the green-and-gold at whatever level,” Tinetti said. “... There is a bit of banter but we take the game seriously on the field – we’re out to win.”