Home   Sport   Article

Ashes dream Down Under comes true for Andrews

No Caption ABCDE ANL-160802-095329002
No Caption ABCDE ANL-160802-095329002

The cricketing dream continues for Market Deeping Cricket Club’s veteran all-rounder Nick Andrews.

At an age - he’s 63 - when most players spend their time regaling tales about the good old days, Andrews has surely reached the pinnacle of any Englishman’s career.

He has been selected to play in an Ashes series Down Under as part of England’s team in an over 60s battle with Australia.

And don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a ‘jolly’ full of soft cricket.

“I was named in a provisional squad of 24,” Andrews, revealed. “And we had to go to Leicester for some fitness tests and practice drills before the squad was whittled down to 16. I like to think I’m fit for my age, but it was tough and intense. Happily I was informed I’d been selected last week and to say I’m thrilled is an under-statement.

“The last few years have been the best of my cricketing life. I’m grateful for a lengthy club career, but going on tour with England makes all those net sessions, early morning runs and trips to the middle of nowhere worthwhile.

“I did think touring the West Indies with England would be the absolute highlight of my career, but playing in an Ashes series in Australia will probably top that. It’s a serious series as well. They beat us for the first time in England last summer so we want our Ashes back!”

It’s a 12-match tour which includes three one-day internationals.

The games which will determine the Ashes take place in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Unfortunately Andrews, who has skippered England in the past, will miss the final international as he has to return home for son Tom’s wedding.


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More