He’s a highly talented leg-spinner from Perth in Western Australia and actually shares the same birthday as the greatest leggie in cricket’s history.
Cameron Steel, 15, was also born on September 13 and is showing enough in his brilliant leg-tweakers that famous England county clubs Middlesex and Somerset have already shown interest in signing his services.
There’s talk of counties offering the bright spin prospect schooling scholarships to finish his education in England.
The Year 11 student at prestigious public school Scotch College in leafy western suburbs of Perth spent his mid-year vacation last month in England when he bowled to Middlesex First XI players at cricket’s most famous venue of all, Lord’s.
He was even invited to experience net bowling to England and Indian squads ahead of the euphoric 2000th Test and 100th between the two nations at the home of the great game.
Steel has been reluctant to commit to a life of professional cricket on the intense English county circuit with plans to at least complete secondary schooling in Perth at Scotch before any hard career decision.
For the time being it’s coaching with wily old local club cricket stalwart Ted Wishart and continuing his evolution on the WA scene with the state under-17s squad after Steel led his state’s under-15 team to a national champion last year.
Wishart who played league cricket in Perth for almost 50 years and has never stopped spotting talent and coaching emerging young spinners, declares he has never found such a competent young leggie.
He’s a full package and eager to constantly improve an already competent bag of spin bowler’s tricks, according to Wishart.
“He’s got an accuracy and control of a full variety of a leg-spinner’s repertoire better than I ever seen from a young bowler,” Wishart said.
Steel already plays second grade with his WA Cricket Association club Claremont-Nedlands in preference to youth levels in order to hasten his spin bowling and more than capable right-handed batting talents.
Steel was born in California in the United States and raised in England until April of 2009 when he moved down under with his family.
The budding young champion is currently waiting for confirmation of his Australian citizenship, which is expected to arrive over the upcoming Aussie summer.