Western Australian young gun Teague Wyllie has created history on Tuesday, becoming the youngest batsman since Ricky Ponting to score a Sheffield Shield century.
The 18-year-old is one of the most exciting young prospects in world cricket, representing the Australian U19s and making his first-class debut for WA earlier this year.
Wyllie helped build a 78-run first innings lead for his state in their Shield clash against NSW, top-scoring with 104 from 204 balls including 15 boundaries in just his third appearance at the elite level.
The teenage sensation was one of just two players to reach a half-century from either side in the first innings, with Blues captain Kurtis Patterson finishing with an unbeaten 74 on the first day of play at the WACA.
Wyllie’s knock was an outstanding piece of history for cricket fans, and many were quick to jump on the feat.
Born in 2004, Wyllie became the youngest player to score a Shield ton since the former Aussie captain Ponting 30 years ago.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 4, 2022
As far as I can tell, 18 year-old Teague Wyllie has just become the youngest Sheffield Shield centurion since Ricky Ponting in 92/93. #SheffieldShield
— Justin Edwards (@JEdwardsFOX) October 4, 2022
Wyllie has received praise for his work ethic, technical ability and maturity at the crease at a young age.
The young gun rose to prominence in part via YouTube, with videos of him training under Tom Scollay in WA reaching over 70,000 subscribers.
Play will resume between NSW and WA on Wednesday afternoon (AEDT).