By CricketCountry Staff
Perth: Jan 12, 2012
Matthew Thomson, the son of the legendary fast bowler Jeff Thomson, who was in action bowling in the nets at the WACA Ground to the Australian team, said he still dreams of following in the footsteps of his father by playing at the highest level.
''Last season I had a good season back home and I've sort of got it back together now, so we'll see where I can go,'' Thomson jnr was quoted saying in ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
''I'm 28 now so I guess I'm sort of at the later end of the scale. But with guys like Ryan Harris making a late start, it's good to know that if you're good enough you can do it.''
Thomson trapped Michael Clarke on the pads with his first delivery to him during the practice.
''It's good for your confidence but obviously everyone gets out at training,'' he said.
Matthew Thomson's action is eerily similar to his famous father Jeff’s, but the young pacer insists that the technique was not taught to him by the old man.
''I think it's just a genetic thing,'' Thomson jnr said. ''I just bowl the same as he did. He swears he didn't teach me how to bowl like that. He said his old man bowled the same as what he did. Both my brothers bowl the same as well - they don't play cricket but when they bowl they do it the same way. I've been lucky. I've been taught by guys who I wouldn't be able to be taught by otherwise so I'm lucky in that respect.”
His father believes he would be perfect fit for Twenty20 cricket should the Big Bash League in particular come looking.
“'He'd be ideal for the Twenty20 stuff,'' Thomson snr said.
''I'm not just saying that. He can bat and bowl - he just needs a break. He wasn't getting a look-in in Queensland but he's trained hard and there's plenty of time left. He hasn't played that much because of the injuries he's had.''
Famous fathers come with expectations but, however things turn out, Matthew Thomson wouldn't have it any other way. ''He's my dad, and I love him. He's a legend.''