The Australian cricket team treated the Ennis boys, Jack and Randy, to a day they might never forget at the team training session at the SCG this morning.
Both cricket tragics and huge fans of ‘The big show’ Glenn Maxwell, Michael Ennis’s two oldest sons met their idols, enjoyed a dressing room tour with the team and got to spend the morning with the Australian’s as they went about preparations for their one-day game against India tomorrow.
The Australian team visit was set up for Ennis and his boys by Cricket Australia Performance Manager Pat Howard, with the pair becoming friends after attending a corporate event together late last year.
“The boys had a great time,” Ennis said. “The were with Dave Warner, Aaron Finch and Brad Haddin, had all their gear signed, plenty of photos taken and Glenn Maxwell was great with the kids, bowled to them for about half an hour and taught them some of his tricks.
“It was a great experience for Jack and Randy, everybody involved with the team was fantastic and I want to really thank them for looking after us.”
Ennis also presented Maxwell with a Sharks polo shirt in an attempt to induce the man rated by many to be cricket’s most exciting batsman, into becoming an honorary Shark.
“Glenn is from Melbourne but we thought he needed a Sydney team in the NRL to support and we did our best to convert him into a Sharks fan,” Ennis added. “But in all seriousness I can’t thank Pat, coach Darren Lehman who was also very welcoming, and the team enough especially ahead of a big game tomorrow and the World Cup to follow."
Rested from NRL Nines duties next weekend Ennis is fit and raring to go ahead of the upcoming trial matches and the start of the 2015 season.
He was also selected by coach Wayne Bennett to play for the NRL All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars for the match to be played on the Gold Coast on February 13.