Kurtis Patterson will be part of Australia's U/19 World Cup defence.
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NSW players Kurtis Patterson, Harry Conway and Gurinder Sandhu were today named in Australia’s 15-man squad for the 2012 ICC U/19 World Cup, to be played in Queensland during August.
Kurtis Patterson is a batsman with the St George club who also made a century on debut for the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues against Western Australia last summer. Opening bowlers, Gurinder Sandhu and Harry Conway, represent the Fairfield-Liverpool and Northern District clubs respectively.
All three have been part of the Cricket NSW Academy, and have represented NSW at Youth National Championships.
Australia are the defending champions in this tournament after winning the 2010 event in New Zealand. That team included Nic Maddinson, Josh Hazlewood, Luke Doran and Tim Armstrong, all of whom have since represented NSW in either First Class, Limited Overs or T20 cricket.
Former Australian batsman, Stuart Law, who will coach the team under his new role as High Performance Coach at the CA Centre of Excellence, said he was looking forward to taking Australia’s next young stars onto the global stage.
“The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is the pinnacle for players at this age level,” Law said.
“You only have to look back at the last couple of tournaments to see the quick progress some players have made.
“India’s 2008 captain Virat Kohli is now established at international level, while we’ve seen 2010 Australian representatives Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood quickly advance to an opportunity within the Australian team in limited overs cricket.
“There’s no bigger challenge than playing against the best players from around the world and the U19 World Cup provides that opportunity for players of this age.
“We know it’s going to be challenge and playing at home only lifts that expectation but we’re certainly looking forward to the tournament.”
The ICC Under-19 World will be held in Queensland in August with the first matches getting underway on 11 August when Australia will take on rival England at Tony Ireland Stadium (TIS) in Townsville.
Australia’s other group matches are against Nepal (13 August at TIS) and Ireland (14 August at Endeavour Park) before the competition enters the Super League and secondary Plate Championship stage.
The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final will be played on 26 August at Tony Ireland Stadium.
Prior to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, Australia will play Pakistan in a head-to-head series on the Gold Coast.
Australian squad for ICC U/19 World Cup:
Ashton Agar (Vic), Cameron Bancroft (WA), William Bosisto (WA), Meyrick Buchanan (Vic), Harry Conway (NSW), Sam Hain (Qld), Travis Head (SA), Joel Paris (WA), Kurtis Patterson (NSW), James Peirson (Qld), Gurinder Sandhu (NSW), Mark Steketee (Qld), Nicholas Stevens (Qld), Ashton Turner (WA), Jack Wildermuth (Qld)