Benalla Bushrangers veteran Trevor Saker has been keeping big news quiet for two weeks now — he has been called up to the Australian Over 60s squad touring England in July.
Saker, 60, has been named in the team that will play 15 games against the English Scottish and Welsh national sides, along with English county sides.
Saker found out the news after an email came through from the selectors earlier in the month.
He said his initial reaction was shock, before deciding to tell his family on the condition they would keep the news quiet.
But word travels fast in Benalla, and by last week, Bushies club members had caught wind of the call up as well.
The call up for Saker comes after a strong season representing the Bushies and Victoria in the over-60s.
With the ball he was in good knick — taking a wicket and allowing just five runs from five overs recently against Mt Evelyn.
Saker comes from a cricketing family, his father had a ground in Nunawading named after him. Saker’s brother David is the Australian national team’s assistant coach, and has previously worked with the England squad.
Saker said he thought he made a case to be selected in the team last year during his matches representing the state.
‘‘I represented Victoria in the country carnival in November, which I did all right in, but was injured until the final. I played against England twice when they toured,’’ Saker said.
‘‘We played in Bendigo and Melbourne. I bowled pretty well against them, so I think that might’ve helped my selection.’’
Perhaps the strangest part of his selection was a prediction made last year by fellow over-60 Victorian teammate Brian Trewin, son of T.C (Tom) Trewin, who has a stand named after him in the Benalla Gardens.
‘‘Brian... said halfway through last year, ‘you’ll get the call up for the Australia squad Trev,’ and I just thought he was mucking around, but he called it early. He’s obviously a very wise man,’’ Saker laughed.
He said he is quietly excited about representing the country and will be proud when he pulls on the green blazer and baggy green in July.