The last time Australia won the U-19 World Cup in 2010, Josh Hazlewood, Nic Maddinson, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa were in the squad. Mitchell Marsh was the captain of the side. Hazlewood starred in the final with a 4 for 30. In 2010 as well the tournament was held in New Zealand.
Australia’s U-19 squad, who missed the last edition in Bangladesh, are all set to repeat the feat of 2010. The 15-member squad has 7 players from New South Wales (NSW), 3 from Victoria, 3 from Queensland and 1 each from South Australia and Tasmania.
Steve Waugh’s son Austin has been included in the squad. The all-rounder scored an unbeaten century in the final of U-17 National Championship in 2016. He also represented the U-19 Australian side against Sri Lanka earlier this year.
Jason Sangha has been appointed the captain of the side. He made the headlines last month for becoming the youngest Australian to score First-Class century. He made 133 for CA XI against England before the Ashes went underway.
James Sutherland’s son Will has also been named in the squad. Ryan Harris will be coaching these young guns while Chris Rogers will assist him.
Greg Chappell, the National Talent Manager told cricket.com.au, “This is a very exciting squad and there is some exceptional talent within this group. These guys have all had success at underage level in Australia over a number of years, and many of them have already had a taste of international U-19 cricket. We’re fortunate that a lot of these players have already played together coming through the underage pathway, which is a great thing. This squad has a serious chance of contending the title.”
Australia are placed in Group B. They will begin their campaign against India on January 14 at Bay Oval.
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