Seven bright cricket talents from NSW have been selected for Cricket Australia’s eighteen-strong 2017 National Performance Squad.
Daniel Fallins, Jordan Gauci, Ryan Gibson, Ryan Hadley, Lewin Maladay, Henry Thornton, and Param Uppal will spend more than three months at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, under the tutelage of National Performance Program Head Coach Troy Cooley and newly appointed High Performance Coaches Matthew Elliott and Ryan Harris.
Ryan Hadley, Param Uppal and Lewin Maladay, are also currently representing the Australia Under 19s in a six-game series in Hobart.
Now its 30th year, the program, formerly known as the Australian Cricket Academy and the Centre of Excellence, will feature several specialist camps and a tour to the MRF Academy in India. All designed to supplement the good work done within the state systems, and prepare players capable of competing at international level for Australia within the next five years.
Players of the calibre of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Steve Smith and David Warner have come through the program. More recently, the likes of Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Hilton Cartwright have gone on to make their debuts for Australia, having been exposed to international playing and training environments through the program.
National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said, “It’s been really pleasing see three players from the 2016 National Performance Squad go on to play international cricket in the past 12 months,”
“There is a wealth of talent in this squad, and a nice balance between players with domestic experience pushing to play for Australia in the near future, and players who we believe can make the step up from underage championships, to domestic level and hopefully international cricket over the next couple of years.”
The squad’s pace bowlers will arrive for a three-week program on 8 May, before the full program begins on 29 May. The program begins with a five-day boot camp in the Snowy Mountains, ahead of Spin Camp (12 June - 16 June), the MRF Tour in late July and a Fielding and Wicketkeeping Camp from 14 August - 20 August.
The program will wrap up with a competition phase, with the National Performance Squad to play a match against the National Indigenous Squad on 28 August, Papua New Guinea on 1 September and a number of matches against State sides during September.
2017 National Performance Squad
Alex Carey, SA
Jackson Coleman, VIC
Michael Cormack, SA
Brendan Doggett, QLD
Jake Doran, TAS
Daniel Fallins, NSW
Jordan Gauci, NSW
Ryan Gibson, NSW
Ryan Hadley, NSW
Josh Inglis, WA
Marnus Labuschagne, QLD
Lewin Maladay, NSW
Ben McDermott, TAS
Tom O’Donnell, VIC
Ben Pengelley, SA
Henry Thornton, NSW
Param Uppal, NSW
Mac Wright, TAS