All's Wells for English batsman

LUKE Wells hopes the ducks stick to the nearby Parramatta River and away from Old Kings Oval when he steps out into the middle of the cricket ground.

The 21-year-old batsman, who hails from Sussex in the South East of England, has been lured over to the Parramatta District Cricket Club for the 2012/2013 season.

He had played at the Colombo Cricket Club in Sri Lanka and West Provence in South Africa.

Now he has decided to test himself in what he considers, "one of the strongest club competitions in the world".

"Obviously first-class cricket back home is stronger but I haven't seen the best teams here yet," he said.

"But if you compare amateur cricket in England to here, this is a lot stronger."

Wells is a former under 19 England representative. His father Alan Wells and uncle Colin Wells are both former international English cricketers.

Alan Wells played two games for his nation which included one, one-day game and one Test match — where he was dismissed for a golden duck by West Indian fast bowler Curtly Ambrose.

His uncle, Colin Wells played two one-day international games for England.

Cricket has been in Wells' blood for generations and he hopes the move to Sydney for the summer will boost his development.

"I've been playing cricket since forever so it's all I've ever known," he said.

"I never had anything else I would want to do.

"Playing for Parramatta will hopefully help me get myself in the best possible shape when I head back to England."

Despite only touching down in Australia less than a month ago, the six-feet four top-order batsman has been impressed with what he has seen at the western Sydney club already.

"Michael Wood definitely looks like a player that could have a made it back home and Nick Bertus is a young left-hander who also looks like a very good player," he said.

"I also like the way Aussies play the game hard out on the pitch but after the game they'll go have a beer. That's what cricket is all about."

The idea of advancing an Englishman's cricketing career might not sit well with some passionate Australian fans.

But Wells hopes to give back through coaching during his stint at Parramatta.

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