With his shaved head, pierced lip and covering of tattoos, Victorian Bushrangers fast bowler Jayde Herrick cuts a fairly imposing figure.
However, during a visit to the Maryborough Education Centre on Tuesday to promote the Milo In2Cricket initiative, the tearaway quick was the king of the kids.
Herrick, who will also line up for the Melbourne Renegades in the upcoming KFC Big Bash League, was in town as part of the Milo In2Cricket program launch in the Central Highlands, passing on some pointers to more than 50 MEC students.
Students learnt the finer points of bowling, batting and fielding as part of the Milo In2Cricket intiative, which aims to develop cricket skills in kids between ages five and 10 in local cricket clubs and schools.
As well as passing on his expert cricketing tips, Herrick also passed on another piece of vital information — the fact that he can bowl at more than 140 km/h, which left a lot of students suitably impressed.
Herrick is just one of a number of Bushrangers heading to schools around Victoria to help launch the program, with capped Australian test players Andrew McDonald, Peter Siddle and Clint McKay all getting out and doing their bit to promote the game.
Cricket clubs in the Maryborough region who are running In2Cricket programs include Avoca, Carisbrook, Colts Phelans, Laanecoorie Dunolly, Beaufort and St Arnaud.