WEST Warrnambool recruit Karl Turner once took the winning catch for England in a Test match.
Turner was fielding at fine leg when West Indian Fidel Edwards skied the ball to him during the second Test at Riverside Ground in 2009.
The former Durham and Nottinghamshire all-rounder made the most of his time as a substitute fielder, taking the catch to help England regain the Wisden Trophy.
That was the first of Turner’s three sub fielder appearances for England.
“I did it against the West Indies in 2009, took the winning catch in a Test match, and then I did 2009 later in the summer in the Ashes at Edgbaston against Australia and did it again against West Indies at Trent Bridge last year,” he said.
“It was amazing. The first time I did it I was pretty young so it was good.
“But doing it again against the Aussies was pretty good too, being in the middle of the field in the action and seeing what was going on, it was like being on the computer game.”
Turner, 25, has joined West Warrnambool for the Australian summer.
He arrived on Wednesday and after his first training run with the Panthers on Thursday night, makes his Twenty20 debut against Dennington White today. “Hopefully I do well myself but the main thing is hopefully to win a couple of flags with West Warrnambool, that’s the main aim,” Turner said.
“It will be competitive, a bit different to what I am used to but I’ve been told the wickets are a bit similar to in England,” he said.
“I will take every game as it comes and see where it takes us and learn something new.”
The left-hand opening bat and medium pace bowler is accustomed to Australian summers, having played in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
Turner arrives in Warrnambool fresh from a county cricket season with Nottinghamshire.
He played six first-class matches, with a career-high knock of 64.
“My last game I played against Sussex and I played against Monty Panesar and people like that and I was playing with Adam Voges in my old team and he’s an Australian,” he said.
The bulk of Turner’s county games for Durham and Nottinghamshire have been at seconds level.
“I played with Durham all the way through the academy until I was 21 and then I moved to Nottinghamshire for two years and then I played a bit for Leicester last year before coming over here,” he said.
“When I played at Durham there were so many high-class and international players that it was hard to get in. Even though I did a lot of scoring in the seconds team it was hard to get in and that’s why I made the move to Notts.
“It was a good move but not so much for my cricket because the year I went there they won the flag and were a high-quality team.
“I learnt loads from those two clubs which hopefully stand us in good stead for the future.”