TOM Gale will find out on Thursday whether he has made the cut for the team to represent England at the Commonwealth Games on AUstralia's Gold Coast next year, writes KEVIN FAHEY.

The England management are due to announce the 75-strong athletics squad late tomorrow morning and the 18-year-old Trowbridge junior international high jumper has been praying that he will be called up to make his senior international debut after a fantastic season in the junior ranks.

“I have never been so nervous about selection in my whole life,” admitted Gale.

“With selection for the World Junior Championships last year and the European Juniors this summer I was fairly certain I would make the team as I had performed when it was needed.

“But this is different. While I have jumped the qualifying height twice and I am second in the UK (and England) rankings and fourth in the Commonwealth there are only 75 places available and that will include people for the relays.

“I have had a great summer but I am still not an experienced athlete as such so we will have to wait and see.”

If the selectors opt to take just one high jumper then current UK number one and London Olympics bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, who is 11 years Gale’s senior, is likely to get the nod.

But Gale can certainly make a strong case to be taken along with Grabarz as both men have genuine medal chances and Gale has proved time and again this summer he is one of Britain’s most talented young athletes with an ability to produce his best on the big occasion.

He did that superbly to win a bronze medal at the European U20 Championships with a personal best of 2.28m and then a week late raised that to 2.30m to win the England senior title.

That earned him an invite to the IAAF Diamond League fixture in Birmingham where he finished an excellent third and was rewarded with a place in the Diamond League in Zurich alongside the world’s best high jumpers.

“I think I have done everything I can and hopefully it is enough to get me into the England team and my first senior vest,” added Gale.

“I would love to go with Robbie as he has been a great hep to me this summer and is a great role model for the sport.

“It is now a waiting game but hopefully I will get the call.”