KYLE Chisholm's selection joy turned to cricket disappointment after a back injury ruled him out for NSW at a national schools' carnival this month.
Kyle, 15, in year 10 at Westfields Sports High School, was selected for the NSW All Schools team at the February 22-28 School Sport Australia Championships in Canberra .
An MRI scan showed a fracture in his lower back, so he will be out of action for a month.
"I had the scans done last week and it showed there is a stress fracture," Kyle said.
"The good thing is I found out what was wrong with my back and I know I will get the right treatment and rehabilitation and get back playing."
Kyle said he won't let the bad news affect his ambitions.
He said the treatment and program devised by sports physiotherapist Andrew Hreszczuk will see him return and able to bowl quickly.
Kyle's place in the state team at the nationals followed his selection in the Sydney south-west team for the NSW Championships this week in Hornsby.
His dad Brett Chisholm, a former top junior cricketer in his youth, said Kyle has accepted the news and is looking ahead.
"The main thing is Kyle's back will heal," Brett Chisholm said. "It could have been worse had it not been diagnosed now."
Westfields Sports High School cricket coach Ian Gill said it's bad luck for Kyle.
"It's a pity about Kyle having to pull out of the state and national carnivals," he said.
"Kyle worked so hard to get there, he only just missed the State under-15s selection last season, when 14.
"But when everything is right with his back, he will return stronger."
He plays junior cricket with Ingleburn RSL under-17s in the Camden association.
The right-arm fast bowler also plays for Camden's Weblin Shield under-15 representative team.
Kyle plays fifth grade with Bankstown and was in the club's winning Green Shield under-16s team this season.