Melbourne: Feb 19, 2013
Ben McDermott, son of Australian bowling legend Craig McDermott, was Tuesday named in the 14-player Australia Under-19 squad to tour New Zealand from late March to early April.
The squad is a selection of Australia’s emerging talent including McDermott, 2013 U-19 National Championship leading wicket-taker Cameron Valente and batsman Kelvin Smith, who equalled Callum Ferguson’s U-17 National Championship record of most runs in 2011.
Cricket Australia (CA) National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said: “It’s a very exciting squad and follows on from our last two Under-19 programmes, where we have been fortunate to have many quality players come through and earn national and state selection. Ashton Agar, for example, was in this group last year and has since played two tour matches for the Australians in their Tour of India.”
“It is a busy schedule this year for our emerging players, with Australia Under-19 tours to New Zealand and India, as well as the one-day tri-series between Australia, New Zealand and India, which will expose them to conditions and challenges similar to those faced at international level.”
The squad will be coached by Stuart Law, who was also the Australia coach during the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup.
The squad is due to arrive in New Zealand March 27 for the first match commencing March 30. Riley Ayre and Jeremy Maher (NSW) have been placed on standby for the tour.
The two sides will a three-day match from March 30-April 1 before three one-day games scheduled April 4, 6 and 8.
Matthew Short, Damien Mortimer, Ben McDermott, Jake Doran, Jaron Morgan, Kelvin Smith, Sean Willis, Tom Andrews, Joel Logan, Guy Walker, Cameron Valente, Ben Ashkenazi, Matthew Fotia, Billy Stanlake.