After a frustrating break from cricket due to illness, followed by a successful return to Sydney First Grade with Sydney Uni, Beau Casson will today turn out for NSW in their Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the MCG.

Casson, who played one test match for Australia in 2008, had been battling an illness that had temporarily forced him out of cricket altogether.

Despite this unfortunate setback to his career, Casson’s meteoric rise back into the state team has been nothing short of amazing.

“It’s been an interesting ride, but those sorts of times are set out to test you and see what you are made of,” said a reflective Casson.

“It was a testing time and I’m sure there will be more testing times ahead.”

Casson, 28, played his comeback First Grade game against Gordon on December 18 last year.

In January this year Casson secured Man of the Match honours in a 50 over a side match for Sydney Uni against Forrester Cricket Club (from South Africa), where he scored a quick fire 70 and then bowled him his team to victory.

In the Sydney First Grade competition Casson has taken 14 wickets this season at an average of just 23.  

He has also chipped in with some very important runs.

Today Casson will walk on to the MCG with fellow Sydney Uni cricketer and current NSW captain Stuart Clark.