Australia Cricket will begin its preparation for its next Cricket World Cup engagement at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane from Monday.
While the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand is undergoing the final build-up before the opening matches next week, Cricket Australia will put 24 of its most promising male youth cricketers into camp as part of its preparations for the 2016 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.
The Australian U19 Team is coached by Graeme Hick who will be assisted by Troy Cooley for this tour. The Team will play a series against its English U19 counterparts in Perth in March and April before a reciprocal tour to the United Kingdom later this year. The series will include a 2 day warm up game, 4 day match at the WACA and 5 x One Day matches (2 in Bunbury and 3 at Murdoch University).
The 24 players chosen for the Talent camp from 16-20 March include a proportion of players who will be eligible for the 2016 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
CA’s National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said a number of the players named had impressed in the recent National Under-17 and Under-19 championships.
“We had a team go away to Sri Lanka late last year which contained some of the players named for the English series, while there were a number of good individual efforts at the nationals which we took into account in picking the team and the overall squad,’’ he said.
“A number of the players have also received additional exposure and experience recently through their ties to BBL clubs as community or development rookies or on the various supplementary lists,’’ he said.
At Cricket Australia’s U19 championships in January, Western Australian batsman Jake Carder hit a tournament high total of 366 runs at 73.2. Earlier at the U17 titles, South Australia and Adelaide Strikers supplementary batsman Patrick Page Jnr scored 391 runs at 78.2.
Australia’s U19 squad to play against England U19s will be captained by left-handed WA batsman Jaron Morgan, who played for a CA XI in two World Cup practice games against Bangladesh this week.
Also included in the squad is left-hander Jake Doran, who was the youngest player to appear in a BBL game when named in the Sydney Thunder squad last month; Melbourne Renegades allrounder Matt Short; Queensland wicket-keeper Tom Healy, the son of Test legend Ian; and Sydney Thunder Development rookie Jonte Pattison. Pattison, who is Indigenous, played in the CA XI which turned out against India in a tour match earlier this season.
The team will also play warm-up games against Papua New Guinea next week.
Australian Under-19 Squad
(to attend pre tour camp including games against PNG 9-13 Feb & play England, 25 March – 22 April, in WA)
Matt Short (Victoria), Jaron Morgan (WA), Jake Carder (WA), Sam Harper (Victoria), Patrick Page (SA), Jake Doran (NSW), Sam Heazlett (Qld), Tom Healy (Qld), Jonte Pattison (NSW/ACT) CAMP ONLY, replaced by Riley Ayre (ACT/NSW) FOR TOUR, Jhye Richardson (WA), Henry Thornton (NSW), Guy Walker (Victoria), David Grant (SA), Sam Rowley (Qld), Sam Grimwade (Victoria)
(Additional players for TALENT CAMP, Bupa NCC, 16-20 March)
Matthew Renshaw (Qld), Clint Hinchliff (WA), Caleb Jewell (Tas), Corey Murfett (Tas), Jonte Rushton (Vic), Liam Hatcher (NSW), Michael Cormack (SA), Matthew Kuhnemann (Qld), Luke Bartier (NSW), Riley Ayre (NSW/ACT), Matt Condon (NSW/ACT), Jack Prestwidge (Qld)*
(*recovering from surgery)
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