Hunt for a baggy green

Grenfell's Henry Hunt has been selected in the Australia A cricket squad and is expected to open the batting.
Grenfell's Henry Hunt has been selected in the Australia A cricket squad and is expected to open the batting.

Australian representative honours are common-place for Grenfell's Hunt children with sisters Clare and Anna both Young Matildas and now brother Henry a step closer to a baggy green after being selected as part of the Australia A cricket squad.

Clare, 22, is currently making a comeback after four years of injury and will play soccer with the Western Sydney Wanderers this season while Anna was selected for a junior Matildas camp in 2019.

The family's latest success in sport became public knowledge last week when Henry was named in the Australia A squad to play an intra-squad match and game against the England Lions in December, ahead of the upcoming Ashes series.

Chief Australian selector George Bailey indicated 24-year-old Hunt and gritty Queenslander Bryce Street would be opening the batting for Australia A.

Proud mum Megan Crossley said she and the children's father James Hunt have willingly lived their lives in a car helping the children reach such lofty heights.

"There was never any point where we said we have to do this to make an Australian team, it was never like that," Ms Crossley said.

"The kids loved what they did, they were very talented but they all have an outstanding work ethic when it comes to their sport.

"When you have those factors coming together success just falls in behind."

Hunt who has been playing men's cricket since he turned 13, was told of his selection in the squad more than a week before it was officially announced, the family keeping the news under wraps until it became official.

Prior to making the move to Sydney and then Adelaide, Hunt spent a couple of years in Canberra where he played in Queanbeyan and also with the Country Comets, leaving Grenfell as an 18 year-old.

He made the move to South Australia in the 2019-2020 season after a couple of very successful seasons in Sydney grade cricket with the Northern Districts Cricket Club and Easts Cricket Club.

"During his last summer in Sydney he was part of the NSW State Squad and member of the ACT and NSW Country Comets in the Futures League competition," Ms Crossley said.

"He had a really good year in that second 11 competition, scoring 208 one day which was probably the really big step.

"He'd been after a contract and offered one by the South Australian Cricket Association," she said.

From there the runs have continued to flow with Hunt's name coming up repeatedly in conversations about the make-up of the squad for the Ashes series.

He's worked very very hard for a long time," Ms Crossley said of her son.

"He just does it the best he can and he's had success.

"He never ever verbalised that he'd be an Australian cricketer, he just loved the game and loved to play.

"He's more about, 'this is what I'm doing, and I'm not going to put that unnecessary pressure on myself'.

"As a kid he just wanted to play," she said.

And play he did with advice and help from not only his parents but many men involved in cricket at a local level.

"One of the greatest thing about cricket is that there are a lot of great men involved," Ms Crossley said.

"There's been so many men who have given Henry great advice and supported his journey locally and when he went to Queanbeyan and in the Western Zone set up, I couldn't name just one, but his dad has been a great support and his grand dad was a great cricketer."

Hunt has been in great form for South Australia, notching his second Sheffield Shield century in as many innings, when he hit a dogged 134 from 236 balls against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval earlier this month.

Hunt now has five centuries from 20 first-class appearances, including 108 off 245 balls against Western Australia in Perth nearly a month ago.

In his most recent innings Hunt stood firm after South Australia collapsed to 5 for 78 in overcast conditions, with fellow Test hopeful Travis Head falling cheaply for 14.

The right-hander was the leading run scorer of the Toyota Futures League competition with 737 runs at 46.06, boasting a high score of 208 plus another four half-centuries.

He was also an Australian U19s representative in 2015-16.