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Harriott answers the call

19 January 2017

The new Renegade talks about his whirlwind week

From work in Sydney on Wednesday to the Gabba on Thursday. It’s been a rapid change in scenery for Andrew Harriott.

The 24-year-old wicket keeper has been signed as an injury replacement for Peter Nevill, and is all but certain to take the gloves for the Renegades’ do-or-die clash against the Heat at the Gabba on Friday night.

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“I was sitting at work in Sydney yesterday (Wednesday) in the scorching heat,” Harriott explained.

“(Then) I get a phone call saying I’m a chance to play, pack your bags and come into Brisbane.

“I’m still coming to terms with (the call up) to be honest, I’m still on cloud nine.

“It’s good to play alongside a lot of the names. I’m going to soak it in in the next 24 hours.”

A keen follower of the Big Bash League, Harriott also has a connection with Nevill through the grade cricket ranks in Sydney.

“I played with Nev when I first moved down to Sydney from Tamworth at Eastern Suburbs for two years,” Harriott revealed.

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“I was watching on Monday and I saw the injury, which was sad for him but an opportunity has opened up.

“I gave Nev a quick call yesterday to get some tips off him. Basically he told me to watch the ball.”

This isn’t the first opportunity for Harriott around a team setup in the BBL.

Over the last two seasons, he has been ‘in and around the Thunder squad’, as the 24-year-old put it.

“I got to travel to New Zealand with the Thunder last year, and that was in front of a few thousand people.

“It’s going to be a little different at the Gabba but I have had a slight taste of it and I look forward to it.”

Harriott has been striking the ball well with the bat this summer, approaching 900 runs across all formats.

While Harriott would only modestly concede he’d been ‘going alright this season’, he was extremely clear on what he wanted to add to the Renegades.

“I’ll try and bring a lot of energy. This is something I’ve wanted and been working for since I finished school in 2010.