Yorkshire cricketer Ben Coad believes he is ready to break into the Yorkshire first team this summer after spending time at Darren Lehmann’s Academy in Adelaide.
Coad returned to England last week after an intensive six-week scholarship down under.
The Studley Royal junior was the first Yorkshire player to receive the Kevin Armitage scholarship, donated by widow Marjorie Armitage in memory of her late husband.
The seam bowler joined several other rising stars from the county scene at the Academy, opened by former White Rose stalwart and Australia national coach Lehmann in 2005.
The 20-year-old, who signed a junior professional contract with Yorkshire before Christmas, said: “It was a pretty quality experience.
“I had never been to Australia and I had never played in that heat before.
“The first game I turned up and it was 42 degrees, I got through 12 overs just. I nearly passed out twice.
“The fitness side was pretty hard. It was a lot different to what I was doing over here.
“It all helps. I have learnt a lot from going over there.”
Coad travelled with the rest of the Yorkshire squad to Sri Lanka on Wednesday for the county’s pre-season tour.