High hopes ... Nick Winter is aiming for the Australian under-19 World Cup squad. Photo: Marina Neil
Cricket ACT rising star Nick Winter will use a stint in Darwin to launch his bid for selection in the Australian under-19 World Cup squad.
Winter will leave Canberra tomorrow to begin an unconventional build up to the World Cup after having surgery on his middle finger three months ago.
Winter has only just returned to full training and hasn't played since he attempted to field a ball smashed back at him by NSW batsmen Nic Maddinson.
The ball fractured the opening bowlers knuckle.
When doctors tried to operate, they discovered they could not fix it and they had to cut into the bone and give the 18-year-old a "fake knuckle".
The injury is a significant speed bump for his dream of playing for the Australian junior team.
But having signed to play with the Southern District Crocodiles, Winter hopes he has enough time to impress selectors before the tournament on August 7.
"I'm looking forward to it and the experience will be a great opportunity for me to get back into it," Winter said.
"I broke my finger so I missed a lot of games during the [Cricket ACT] season and this will give me some match fitness to help my chances.
"I've been working towards this and I feel fresh where other boys might be a bit tired."
Meanwhile, former ACT Comet Nathan Lyon has been selected in the Australia A squad to play in England in July.
Lyon has been left out of the Australian team which will play a one-day international series against England.