Ethan representing England at the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Stumps Fly For Bowling Bamber - ICC U19 World Cup, New Zealand
First year BA Theology & Religion Student and Sport Scholar Ethan Bamber spent his New Year representing the England U19 Cricket team in the ICC World Cup hosted by New Zealand.
Ethan reflected on his experience and told us: “The World Cup has been the most incredible experience; it’s been hard to switch off really. I think that we as a squad felt both elation and huge disappointment.” The squad were on their way to a Semi Final before Australia’s Lloyd Pope skittled any hopes of progressing with the best bowling averages in the tournament. Ethan’s bowling statistics played a part in dismissing an impressive Australian batting line up out for 127, where he took 3 wickets during his spell. Ethan went on to describe the environment of the World Cup “trying to cope with the loss on top of the media scrutiny and pressure you put on yourself has been the biggest learning curve I think.”
Ethan was a late starter to cricket and self-proclaimed his ability wasn't too good at the start, and he had to work incredibly hard to get to where he is now. Bamber is a product of Middlesex's player pathway programme, which he credits for instilling the discipline needed in a young cricketer coming through. "I used to be incredibly unfit," he says. "When I was young, I used to be that guy who was quite good at the sporty side of sport but could never do the running bit. Going into the Middlesex environment, which has a huge ethos of being prepared physically and mentally, changed my views. I had emphasis on that probably since when I was 15. That is the biggest thing. Skills change but the change in attitude had allowed me to stay fit."
Ethan is now back on home turf and can happily reflect on his time away “I’ve met and enjoyed competing against really outstanding cricketers with a great bunch of lads and experienced the journey as a team.” We asked Ethan what he would bring back to the University in light of his experience and trip; “I think I’ll try to bring back a real added detail to the way I train with regards to specific roles and making sure that every practise has a real purpose. Most days we would train for three hours in the morning, (less the day before a game), then have to study and keep up with work - I found this tricky at times but manageable - and then have the evening free.”
It wasn’t all Cricket in New Zealand, the team got take in the natural surroundings that New Zealand is famed for… Ethan’s experience extended to other sports as well; “We played a fair bit of golf and explored around the amazing Queenstown where we were based, so we were pretty lucky. All in all an amazing experience and one which I feel very fortunate to have.”
Outside of his cricket, Ethan is entering into term 2 of a Bachelors of Arts in Theology & Religion - the study of the nature of God and religious beliefs. Ethan has described his interest as “its old school, but something I am very interested and fascinated by. Personally, I'm not religious in any sense, but I've always been interested in why people believe so strongly in something," he says. "I was experienced from a young age about religious practices. I had brilliant teachers in senior school to inspire me and keep me interested in it. Then it seemed the most natural thing to do.”
With the University Cricket Outdoor Season set to start in Term 3, and the new Head of Cricket, Ruan Louw (starting in March), we cannot wait for the season and the club to get underway with a few experienced and influential members coming into play.
Date: 6 February 2018