The National Selection Panel (NSP) has today announced the National Performance Squad for 2014 featuring players identified as having the potential to play a significant role in Australian cricket.

The National Performance Squad program (previously called the AIS program) is a key opportunity over the winter months to challenge Australia’s best young talent in a range of environments and conditions.

The players, selected by the NSP with input from Cricket Australia National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, National Cricket Centre Head Coach Troy Cooley and State Association Talent Managers, will undertake an intense, individualised program consisting of training at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane and playing experience in Australia and overseas.

“The players selected represent those who we think have the potential to go on and become important contributors to Australian cricket. There are a number of players from our current U19 squad and others who have progressed to state cricket and are continuing to impress,” Chappell said.

“Underpinning the winter program will be an intensive training program led by NCC Head Coach and Pace Bowling Coach Troy Cooley at the new National Cricket Centre where players will have access to expert coaches including Graeme Hick and Michael Hussey (batting), John Davison and Brad Hogg (spin bowling), and Tim Coyle (wicket-keeping and fielding).

“Player will undertake specialised, individualised programs under the guidance of some of the best specialist coaches in Australia. This year’s program will provide the players with a consolidated amount of high quality training and playing opportunities.

“There are also plans for an ‘A’ series featuring Australia A, India A, South Africa A and the national performance squad, as well as matches in India.

“A number of the pace bowlers will again have the opportunity to travel to India to work under the tutelage of Glenn McGrath at the MRF Pace Academy.”

The current squad of 22 will be expanded by up to five additional players in the next two weeks and these players will travel to Hampshire to play league cricket in the United Kingdom in a continuation of the successful program introduced last year.

The various elements of the program include:

  • Training at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane
  • Participation on an ‘A’ quad series in July (Australia A, India A, South Africa A and NPS)
  • Matches in India (tbc)
  • Four players travelling to Sri Lanka and play club cricket for four weeks
  • Pace bowlers travelling to India for the MRF Pace Academy program (with Glenn McGrath)
  • Up to five players travelling to Hampshire to play league cricket following on from last year’s successful pilot program

National Performance Squad

Name

State

Age

Sean Abbott

NSW

21

Ashton Agar

WA

20

Tom Andrews

NT

19

Cameron Bancroft

WA

21

Jason Behrendorff

WA

23

William Bosisto

WA

20

Alex Gregory

SA

18

Travis Head

SA

20

Alex Keath

VIC

22

Simon Mackin

WA

21

James Muirhead

VIC

20

Sam Rainbird

TAS

21

Joel Paris

WA

21

Gurinder Sandhu

NSW

20

Matthew Short

VIC

18

Jordan Silk

TAS

21

Kelvin Smith

SA

19

Mark Steketee

QLD

20

Billy Stanlake

QLD

19

Ashton Turner

WA

21

Guy Walker

VIC

18

Sean Willis

TAS

19

In addition, six Development Scholars have been selected to attend the NCC for short periods during school holidays.  Several of these players (marked *) represented the Australian U16 Schoolboys Team in their series in Bowral in November 2013.

Development Scholars

Name

State

Age

Jake Doran

NSW

17

Tom Healy

QLD

17

Josh May*

WA

15

Bryce Street*

QLD

16

Jordan Gauci*

NSW

15

Lachlan Skelly*

NSW

15