Four New South Wales cricketers, including three Blues, have been chosen to tour India this month with the Cricket Australia National Performance Squad.
Blues leg-spinner Daniel Fallins, rookie batsman Ollie Davies, 18, and quick Ryan Hadley, 20, are the three Blues selected. Mosman batsman Lachlan Hearne, 18, is the other NSW player.
Both Davies and Hearne are current Australian Under 19 players. Former Australian Test opener Chris Rogers is Head Coach for the tour.
The 14-player squad will spend two and a half weeks in Chennai from 10 to 28 August. The pace bowlers in the group will work alongside Australian Test and Blues great Glenn McGrath in his role as director of the MRF Pace Foundation.
Sydney Sixers rising star Josh Philippe has also been selected for the tour.
Blues rookie fast bowler and Manly-Warringah quick Ryan Hadley.
Fallins, 22, who is also contracted with the Sixers, came to prominence two summers ago when he claimed 5-73 on First Class debut playing for the Cricket Australia XI against the touring England side at Adelaide Oval.
He has since made his Sheffield Shield debut against South Australia at the SCG, February 2018, and last summer represented the CA XI in a practice match against India at the same venue.
Last season, Fallins also claimed 47 wickets from 23 matches across all formats for Sutherland in NSW Premier Cricket and was pivotal to its Kingsgrove Sports T20 title.
Davies, newly contracted to the Sydney Thunder, is another who has already made headlines courtesy of his feats at last season’s Under 19 National Championships as NSW Metro captain.
The dynamic right-hander pummelled 207 from 115 balls becoming the first batsman to score a one-day double century in championship history. His innings included an incredible 17 sixes and six in one over.
Davies and Hearne toured Sri Lanka in January with the Australian Under 19s and played the New Zealand Under 19 team in a series of limited-overs matches in Brisbane during July.
Hadley enters his second season as a Blues rookie after representing Australia at the 2018 Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand alongside fellow Blues Jack Edwards, Jason Sangha and wicketkeeper Baxter Holt, who all made their mark on the domestic scene with bat or gloves last season.
CA Pathways Manager Graham Manou, who will be the tour manager, said the trip would provide further opportunities to improve skills in what is traditionally a testing environment for touring teams.
“Australian Cricket has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the MRF Foundation for 26 years and we value the chance to take some of our young players to India to give them the chance to stretch themselves under match conditions,’’ Manou said.
2019 CA National Performance Squad – MRF Tour
Tom Andrews (SA)
Oliver Davies (NSW)
Dan Fallins (NSW)
Jake Fraser-McGurk (Vic)
Cameron Green (WA)
Ryan Hadley (NSW)
Lachlan Hearne (NSW)
Josh Inglis (WA)
Ben McDermott (Tas)
Jonathon Merlo (Vic)
Todd Murphy (Vic)
Josh Philippe (WA)
Lloyd Pope (SA)
Jhye Richardson (WA)
Graham Manou – Manager
Chris Rogers – Head Coach
Craig Howard – Assistant Coach