Jason Lui says his Hong Kong selection ‘shows recognition to Chinese cricket development’

The batsman’s form on a recent tour to Japan with the Cricket Hong Kong Dragons earns him a spot on trip to Australia

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 December, 2016, 5:46pm
UPDATED : Monday, 05 December, 2016, 9:28pm

Jason Lui says his selection in the 15-man Hong Kong squad for the upcoming trip to Australia “shows recognition to Chinese cricket development” as he prepares to tour with the team for the first time.

Selected on the back of an impressive tour to Japan with the all-Chinese Cricket Hong Kong Dragons for the East Asia Cup, Lui is feeling mixed emotions ahead of the trip, which includes matches against Big Bash League teams Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixes.

“I am both excited and nervous to be able to represent Hong Kong again in the upcoming Australia tour,” Lui said.

“I believe this will be a good chance to improve and develop my skills in cricket, it will also be a chance to get a taste of Hong Kong team’s culture. I hope to contribute to the team both on and off the field.

“Being selected for the team also shows recognition to Chinese cricket development. Ming [Li Kai-ming], whose performance increased since coming back from playing for Sydney Sixers last year, shows how much the Dragons players have room for improvement.”

Dragons coach Chris Pickett said Lui had the ability to perform at the highest level and believed his game would improve sharply from the experience of the tour.

“Jason is a very talented player coming back into the fold with the Dragons last year and has immediately made an impact,” Pickett said.

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“He’s contributed well with the bat and is one of the more gifted players in the Chinese set-up and has a good knowledge of the game.

“For Jason it will be the first time in the top echelon of the national squad so it will be a huge learning curve but he’s got the potential to do well.

“There will be some new stuff and eye-openers but that’s the same for anyone coming into that system.”

“The Dragons have come on a long way in the last two years so I think it strengthens the resolve of what we are doing in that aspect and for local cricket.

“We are unearthing players and developing future players and won’t be surprised if there are more to come in the next few years – particularly for the Asian Games in 2018.”

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The team will once again be skippered by Babar Hayat, but will be without Anshuman Rath who is unavailable due to study commitments.

The squad will fly out on Thursday, with the first of two matches against Sydney Thunder taking place on the December 10 in Orange, NSW.

The team will then play two one-day matches against a NSW 2nd XI team in Sydney before heading north to Coffs Harbour to play against the Sydney Sixers on December 16.