Mac Wright gets icy greeting before Indian tour

Mac Wright (centre) is put through his paces during a recent training camp in Thredbo before taking on a training tour of India. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Mac Wright (centre) is put through his paces during a recent training camp in Thredbo before taking on a training tour of India. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The former ACT Comets spinner grew up on the beach at Pambula and is used to playing in near 40 degree heat for Weston Creek.

But he got an ice cold reception at an Australian national performance squad camp at Thredbo recently before meeting a very abrupt climate shift as part of an Indian training tour . .

Wright is part of a talented group of 18 new generation cricketers being pushed to their physical and mental limits at a boot camp in the capital's chill before being based in Brisbane.

They trudged through the first snow of the year at Lake Crackenback carrying logs and containers filled with dirt before moving to a muddy Canberra obstacle course on Thursday.

Cricket in the snow and mud sounds crazy. But Wright said he enjoyed his first trip to the snow as he prepares to start building a professional career.

"We were straight into once we arrived. It was pretty testing stuff ... there was a lot of hiking and running along the tracks which weave along the Thredbo River," Wright said.

"It's all been a pretty good challenge though. I think we covered 20 kilometres on Tuesday and Wednesday was more about the mental side of things when fatigue set in.

"It was the first time I've seen snow. So I was absolutely loving it ... it was pretty fresh but I love it. It was a new landscape and a bit foreign to me but I really enjoyed it."

Wright has graduated from the Comets' program to win a professional contract with Tasmania for the first-class season.

He signed the deal while he was still at high school on the south coast and finished his year 12 studies before moving to Hobart.

The 19-year-old is targeting a Sheffield Shield debut next season and will use his time with the national performance squad to launch his career.

He had a stint with Big Bash League team the Sydney Thunder at the end of 2015 and got to work with Shane Watson, Mike Hussey and South African legend Jaques Kallis.

But now Wright feels ready to start forging his own path, starting with the Australian development camp, where he toured India last week and endured sweltering heat, but spent some time learning the conditions on foreign soil. 

"I'm pretty chuffed to be in this squad and I think it will definitely help develop my game," Wright said.

"I've loved being in Tasmania ... I missed out on getting a full pre-season last year so that's really going to help with my development.

"I feel like my game is already improving so I'm looking forward to the next chapter. Getting first-class experience is the goal ahead of me so I've just got to control what I can." 

Known for his bowling, Wright got the chance to spend some time with the bat and said “sweeping was a way of life” on the Indian pitch. 

He said the tour provided more valuable experience in his development and he was now eagerly looking forward to the next challenge. 

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