Fletcher Stewart, who recently returned from India after playing with the Australian Indigenous team, will play for ANU today. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Fletcher Stewart's cricket career has taken him around the world and the all-rounder hopes a season with Cricket ACT will help him make the next step.
Just eight days after returning from a whirlwind trip to India with the Australian indigenous team, Stewart will attempt to lead ANU to victory over Ginninderra at ANU North on Saturday.
He battled Delhi belly, star-struck fans keen for autographs and intense humid conditions during his two weeks touring the sub-continent. It gave him a taste of what life is like as a professional cricketer and he hopes playing in the capital will open more doors for his career.
Stewart was in India for the second time and also played in England last year.
''It gave me a chance to see what living the dream is like,'' Stewart said. ''I got a lot out of it over there, we were playing one-day cricket and 35 overs so there wasn't a chance to take a massive haul of wickets.
''If I get a game with the Comets, that's outstanding. But I just want to put myself in a position where I can work a lot more and take every opportunity I can get.''
The 23-year-old has already shown signs he's a star of the future.
He's a leg-spin bowler and claimed the scalp of New Zealand Test batsman Dean Brownlie while in India.
Less than 24 hours after returning to Australia, he scored 52 as ANU made 9-287.
His task now is to lead the bowling attack in pursuit of victory.
Stewart made the decision this year to leave Melbourne to try to boost his cricket aspirations in the capital. He had an indigenous scholarship with Cricket Australia last year to train at the global cricket school in India for two weeks.
Stewart was part of the indigenous squad last year as well but broke a finger in the training week before the games.
Stewart missed the Comets' first game of the Futures League season, but hopes he can impress coach Mark Higgs with his grade form to win selection.
It's a world away from signing cricket bats for children in India.
''They think you're the next Australian cricketer when you go to India, it prepares you in some way if you ever take that next step,'' Stewart said.
''I moved from Melbourne to Canberra to hopefully play Futures League … Now I'm just trying to make every post a winner.''