Australian team berth boosts Pilley's career

By TIM HOWARD

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE career of former Yamba squash star Cameron Pilley took another turn for the better when the World No.28 was named in the Australian team for the World Men's Teams Squash Titles in Pakistan in December.

Pilley, in Detroit, USA for the Motor City Open and the US Open in two weeks, was delighted with his elevation to the Australian team.

Proud father Steve Pilley said it was a show of faith from the selectors, who picked him in front of the higher-ranked Dan Jenson, who will be the four-strong team's non-travelling reserve.

"Dan's ranked No.21 in the world, so it shows that the selectors have seen something in him for the future," he said.

Steve and the rest of the Pilley family have their fingers crossed that 'future' is selection in the Australian Commonwealth Games team for Melbourne.

"Cameron had a good win recently over Canadian Graham Ryding, the World No.13. That might have influenced them," he said.

Steve Pilley said the World Men's Team Titles are held every two years, alternating with the women's titles.

He said it has a similar reputation in squash circles to the Davis Cup in tennis.

"Everyone wants to be in the team," he said.

"Winning the title is an indication of the depth and strength of the sport in your country."

Steve Pilley said Australia had won the last two men's titles and there would be a lot of pressure on the team coming from countries such as the hosts, England, India, Canada, Egypt and Scotland.

"It's a fantastic change for the players to play in a team after they basically play in an individual sport most of the time," Steve Pilley said.

"Two weeks earlier they might have been playing each other in a tournament, but now they'll be living and breathing team spirit and helping each other out as much as possible."

Newly crowned British Open squash champion Anthony Ricketts will spearhead Australia's title defence in Islamabad.

The NSW world No.7 Ricketts, leads the team of Queensland's Joseph Kneipp, ACT's Stewart Boswell and Pilley.



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