Australian cricket wonderkid inspired by Rahul Dravid

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18-year-old Teague Wyllie is being positioned as the next big thing in Australian cricket.

Wyllie has become the youngest Sheffield Shield centurion since Ricky Ponting in 1992-93. His 104 off 204 balls rescued Western Australia A from 100 for 6, The Australia Today reported.

As No. 5 player, Wyllie batted with composure, 15 boundaries, to lift his team to 258 against New South Wales at the WACA Ground.

Wyllie told ESPNcricinfo that his goal is to play good Test cricket as “it is the pinnacle when it comes to cricket.” He adds: “I’ve always loved batting for a long period of time.”

Wyllie adds that he has modelled his game on Rahul Dravid who inspires him to safeguard the wicket.

He sayid: “I idolised Rahul Dravid growing up. He values his wicket more than anyone. Growing up I modelled my game on him a bit when it comes to valuing his wicket and batting for long periods.”

Western Australian cricket team captain Sam Whiteman told ESPNcricinfo that Wyllie is an impressive player. Whiteman observed: “He loves batting and is an impressive young man. He feels like he’s 28.”

Wyllie grew up in the regional city of Mandurah and earlier this year topped Australia’s batting at the Under-19 World Cup. He was also named in the tournament’s most valuable team.