Wesley Tops the Test Tally

Posted November 16, 2022 in Athletics, Opinion, School News By Community Relations

No school has produced more Australian Test cricketers this century than Wesley College, according to a News Corp report.

 

There was a fascinating article printed in News Corp newspapers around the country today, looking at which schools have produced the most Test cricketers to play for Australia this century 鈥 with Wesley College heading up the tally.

Headlined ‘Schools of the Test cricketers: Schoolboys who dominated their generation’, the article begins by saying: “Public schools continue to produce the majority of Test cricketers to have played for Australia since the turn of the century but some of the nation鈥檚 biggest private schools are emerging as nurseries for the nation鈥檚 favourite summer sport.

“, 54 completed their schooling at public institutions, with 48 coming through the private school system.”

The article goes on to say that of the 86 schools that have provided a Test player since 2000, no single school has contributed more elite players than Wesley College.

 

Test cricketers Shaun and Mitch Marsh both attended Wesley College.

 

Wesley sits at the top of the pile, thanks to the efforts of brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, batsman Chris Rogers and middle-order batter Hilton Cartwright. The article also mentioned our link to AFL stars Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, Ben Cousins and England Test cricketer Ben Hollioake.

Quoting our Head of Sport, Mr Luke Dwyer, the report says the College鈥檚 facilities and the depth of the PSA competition had helped produce the champions.

 

Head of Sport at Wesley College, Mr Luke Dwyer.

 

“Those guys (the Marsh brothers, Rogers and Cartwright) are seriously good Test cricketers, so we do pride ourselves on the fact that we鈥檝e had some very good athletes come through our College,” said Mr Dwyer, who went on to explain that part of philosophy is that on-field success of the individual or the team, was not be all and end all: “We value everything that comes with sport 鈥 building resilience and discipline that it takes to commit to training and competition.

“We鈥檙e not a win-at-all-costs school and we value preparing students as best as can with good coaching and mentorship to be competitive.

“It鈥檚 bigger than the result. We come back to what is our philosophy and what are we doing to prepare our students for a meaningful experience as young adults and adults.”

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