Australia announce U19 squad vs Sri Lanka

Cricket Australia (CA) announced a 15-player squad to represent Australia Under 19s in a six-match series against Sri Lanka Under 19s in April in Tasmania.

The squad – selected by the Youth Selection Panel – features two players who hold state rookie contracts, plus one player with Matador BBQs One-Day Cup experience, two who have played List A cricket and three who have played in the Toyota Futures League. T

he series will involve one three-day match and five one-day matches, beginning on 8 April and concluding on 23 April, all played at Hobart’s Kingston Twin Ovals.

The squad includes some of the best talent from this summer’s Under 19 National Championships, with one eye on the present and one looking ahead to the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Fourteen members of this squad will remain eligible for selection for the World Cup.

Among the rising stars on show will be the leading wicket-taker at both this season’s under-19 and under-17 national championships, South Australian leg-spinner Lloyd Pope, NSW Blues rookie Jason Sangha, Queensland Bulls rookie Max Bryant, under-19 Cricket Australia XI captain Will Sutherland and player of the under-17 championships final, New South Wales allrounder Austin Waugh.

Pope claimed 21 wickets at an average of just 16.33 throughout the under-19 championships, while during the same tournament, New South Wales opening batsman Ryan Hackney plundered 595 runs at an average of 99.17 – including three centuries. Sangha and Victorian allrounder Sutherland both lined up for the Cricket Australia XI against Pakistan in January this year – with Pope named as 12th man – while Sangha also represented the CA XI during the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup and the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka. (Courtesy cricketcountry.com)

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