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MACC bowlers take on Indian Test stars

Posted: 12-Dec-2011 by Cricket Senior

Sachin Tendulkar with Adam Lubitz and David Majtlis

Several current and former MACC bowlers were last weekend treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Sunday by taking part in a net session at the MCG, bowling to members of the Indian advance touring test squad, which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma.

The advance squad of seven Indian players travelled to Melbourne earlier than the rest of the Indian squad in an effort to better prepare for the upcoming four test series against Australia, with the remaining members scheduled to arrive following the conclusion of their one-day series against the West Indies in India.

Current MACC 1st XI captain David Majtlis was joined by 1st XI opening bowler Adam Lubitz as well as former 1st XI bowlers David Gelbart, Daniel Onas and Garry Litinsky, while current Chairman of Selectors Paul Fink - who facilitated the net session - was also present and managed to roll his arm over against the bevy of Test superstars.

The two hour session, held at the Bill Lawry Indoor Centre at the MCG, involved the Maccabi boys acting as 'net bowlers' and sending down their best deliveries to some of the world's greatest batsmen, and incredibly it was social media that afforded a humble bunch of suburban Jewish cricketers the opportunity to gain access to the inner sanctum of top-level cricket.

A twitter post from the Prahran Premier Cricket Club calling for net bowlers last Tuesday was the catalyst for how it all came about, with Fink responding to the post and eventually getting in touch with Cricket Victoria and getting the ball rolling.

"It's still pretty hard to believe it all actually happened," Fink said, "I mean what would the odds be that myself or any of the other boys would ever get to meet the likes of Sachin and Dravid - let alone chat to them or bowl to them."

"To see Sachin cracking cover drives against the ball machine in one net, watching Adam Lubitz giving throw-downs to Laxman in another net and the other boys bowling to Dravid in another net meant it was a truly magical experience for all involved."

The Indian players were extremely generous with their time afterwards by chatting, answering questions, taking photos and signing autographs for the boys, exceeding all expectations and the two hours spent there will be imprinted into their minds forever.

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