Six New South Wales cricketers have been chosen in a 14-player Cricket Australia XI squad to compete at the Under 17 Male National Championships in Mackay during October.
Those Under 16 players are batters Joel Davies, Gaurav Dogra, Ethan Jamieson, Patrick Xie, fast bowling allrounder William Salzmann and right-arm quick Nicholas Toohey. Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria each had two representatives in the squad.
Each player earned their selection in the Cricket Australia XI squad following a training camp held at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane last week.
The camp involved 20 players selected at the end of the Male Under 15 National Championships in February. ACT/NSW Country captain at that tournament, Tom Coady, was the seventh NSW player at the camp.
Davies, Dogra, Jamieson and Salzmann were all part of the NSW Magenta metropolitan team that claimed the Under 15 nationals on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year.
Davies captained that side and was the leading run-scorer for the tournament. He scored 267 runs at an average of 66.75.
Newly contracted Blues rookie, and Sydney Thunder player, Ollie Davies is his older brother.
Ollie represented the Australian Under 19 team against the New Zealand Under 19 side this week in Brisbane. Both play for the Manly-Warringah club.
Toohey represented ACT/NSW Country at the Under 15 nationals, while Parramatta cricketer Xie was a member of the NSW Green squad at those championships.
NSW Green comprised a combination of metropolitan and regional players.
Cricket Australia’s Pathways Manager and former wicketkeeper for South Australia, Graham Manou, said the Cricket Australia XI was an important step forward for the players who had emerged at the Under 15 titles.
“They will get the chance to come together as a squad and test their skills and development against some older and more experienced opposition in a tournament environment,’’ Manou said.
“It was great to have the extended squad of 20 players spend some time at the Bupa National Cricket Centre last week and they certainly got plenty out of their experience.”
The 2019/20 Cricket Australia Under 17 Male National Championships will take place from 30 September to 10 October.
2019 CA XI U17 Squad
Patrick Xie (NSW Green)
Ethan Jamieson (NSW Magenta)
Luke Davies (QLD)
Teague Wyllie (WA)
Gaurav Dogra (NSW Magenta)
Joel Davies (NSW Magenta)
William Salzmann (NSW Magenta)
Tom Balkin (QLD)
Liam Blackford (VIC Country)
Luke Holt (WA)
Harrish Kannan (VIC Metro)
Harry Lemmey (SA)
Nick Stathoris (SA)
Nicholas Toohey (ACT/NSW Country)