James Anderson is ready to take on the Aussies this summer – and another local cricketer could be playing his part in the Ashes too.
While ‘the Burnley Express’ will be charging down the Old Trafford turf, Danny Dyson will be tending to it after being offered a short-term contract with Lancashire’s ground staff.
The 22-year-old, who plays for Church, turned his back on office work to return to full-time education at Myerscough College.
He began a Diploma in Sports Turf Management last September and has now earned a role at Old Trafford.
“I’m delighted to get this opportunity and I’m sure it’s going to provide me with some invaluable experience,” said Danny, who was third-team captain at Church.
“It’s a dream job really because I’ve been involved with cricket for a while with Church. I was working in Blackburn but it bored me. I wanted to do something I’d enjoy so I went back to college.
“It was a gamble but it looks like it’s paid off.
“I didn’t think it’d all happen this quickly but I’ve been lucky enough to get on at Old Trafford this year. It’s up to me now to prove myself and move on from there.
“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, I can’t wait to get going.”
Danny’s contract begins on March 25 and runs to October 4. During that time he hopes to earn a full-time position and he’s already looking forward to August 1, when the third Ashes Test begins at Old Trafford.
It will be the first Test there since 2010 with a major redevelopment having just been completed after the Manchester ground missed out on an Ashes Test during the 2009 series.
“It’s another great thing about the job,” added Danny, who’s from Oswaldtwistle. “Not many people can say they’ve been a groundsman at an international venue like that and with the Ashes being as big as they are, it’ll be amazing to be involved in it.”
Due to the commitments of his new job, Danny will be unable to continue as third-team captain but will play whenever possible.
Church’s new third-team captain for the 2013 season will therefore be Luke Gilrane.