Jan 262013

Luke Pomersbach

Luke Pomersbach is set on earning an Australian baggy green cap. Picture: Daniel Wilkins Source: PerthNow

HE has beaten depression and insists his wild-child ways have been left behind in Perth.

Now a reinvigorated Luke Pomersbach wants to complete his cricketing resurrection by playing for Australia’s Test team.

Buoyed by his scintillating Big Bash campaign which propelled the Brisbane Heat to the title last week, Pomersbach said he would not be content until he emulates his good mate Shaun Marsh and wears the coveted baggy green.

The 28-year-old’s renaissance is set to continue this week, with selectors considering handing him his Sheffield Shield debut for the Bulls against his former state WA at the Gabba.

Pomersbach underscored his potential in the second instalment of the BBL, hammering 397 runs at a strike rate of 139.78 in a campaign that saw his name discussed by selectors for Australia’s Twenty20 side.

But the once-troubled Pomersbach doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a short-form slogger and is hoping to follow in Marsh’s footsteps by testing himself in the sport’s toughest arena.

“I definitely want to play Test cricket and wear the baggy green,” he said.

“Shield cricket is my preferred format so I can’t wait to get back into that scene and prove myself there.

“I’m not just a Twenty20 player, I love first-class cricket and I think it suits my game more because you have more time to get yourself in.”

Now settled in Queensland, Pomersbach plans to replicate the cricketing metamorphosis of David Warner, who was largely regarded as a Twenty20 specialist before reshaping perceptions to crack the Test side.

“David Warner is a good guy to look at,” he said. “He has gone from being an unbelievable Twenty20 player to a Test opener.

“I’ve actually seen my mate Shaun Marsh’s baggy green cap and I’d love to get my hands on one myself.”

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