Late call gives McDermott chance to match his father's honour
ALISTER McDERMOTT will have the chance to follow in his father Craig's footsteps on Tuesday, with the son of the former Australian fast bowler named in the Prime Minister's XI on Saturday as a replacement for Kane Richardson.
McDermott wasn't born when his dad was man of the match playing for the Prime Minister's XI against England in 1990, with 3-41 and a handy 39 runs.
And while the 21-year-old bears a striking resemblance to his father in looks and action, he's not fazed by his famous name.
"Throughout my whole cricket career so far, I've never felt any pressure either to live up to what my dad achieved, which was exceptional," McDermott said. "Every game I want to go out there and enjoy playing cricket and playing cricket with my friends."
Playing for Queensland, which signed him as a schoolboy, McDermott made his first-class debut against the West Indies as an 18-year-old, taking three wickets in the four-day match.
But when he meets them again at Manuka Oval on Tuesday, he'll be playing with more than just friends, with the young McDermott excited to line up alongside Ricky Ponting in his farewell international.
"It's going to be very special, because he's an absolute legend of cricket in Australia. I've been lucky enough to play against him twice, so to play a game with him will be absolutely awesome," he said.
He shouldn't be awestruck though, having claimed Ponting's scalp when they first played against each other in the Sheffield Shield final last year.
McDermott was a late inclusion for the day-nighter after Richardson was withdrawn as he works on his follow-through action.
The South Australian quick was banned from bowling after six overs in his Australian debut against Sri Lanka this month, having already received two warnings for running on the pitch.
The West Indies side arrived in Canberra on Saturday and will train on Monday.