SCG crowd favourite makes NSW squad and brother not far behind

Mickey Edwards is poised to make his NSW debut and it may not be too long before he is joined by his younger brother Jack.

An instant cult hero when he was called on as a substitute fielder for Australia during the Sydney Test last summer, the 22-year-old Manly fast bowler has been elevated into the Blues squad for next month's interstate one-day tournament.

It was a surprise call-up for an emerging paceman who has spent much of the last two and a half years recovering from stress fractures in his back.

Edwards has been handed his opportunity due to the absence of Ashes-bound quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in the domestic 50-over competition.

"Hopefully I can be known for my bowling rather than just running drinks," he joked on Tuesday.

The Australian new-ball pair have been key mentors for Edwards, who is expected to get his opportunity towards the end of the newly renamed JLT Cup.

"When they're around, it's just good to pick their brain. One thing I talk about with Josh is lengths. We'd just talk about that for hours on end," he said.

While he is set to get his opportunity at interstate level his 17-year-old brother Jack is also earning rave reviews.

The teenage Manly first-grader, a batting all-rounder, scored a century for the Australian under-19 team against Sri Lanka earlier this year.

He was also called in to play in an inter-squad match involving the Blues senior squad at Hurstville Oval this month and proceeded to score 85.

NSW open their campaign against Western Australia in Perth on September 29.

NSW squad: Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Harry Conway, Ed Cowan, Mickey Edwards, Ryan Gibson, Daniel Hughes, Jay Lenton, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Arjun Nair, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu.

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