New South Wales Blues top order batsman Kurtis Patterson has been named in one of two Australia A squads to tour India in August and September.

Patterson is one of 14 players selected in the squad to play two four-day matches against India A in Vizag during early September.

The second 14-man squad will play a one-day tri-series against India A and South Africa A in Vijayawada during August.

Patterson earned his selection on the back of another consistent Sheffield Shield campaign for the Blues.

The 25-year-old was the leading Sheffield Shield run-scorer for the Blues in 2017/18. Despite not scoring a century, he still amassed 672 runs at the solid average of 37.33.

It was the second time in the last three seasons he had finished the Shield campaign as the Blues leading run-scorer and the third consecutive season of more than 650 runs.

Patterson was also the leading run-scorer for the 2015/16 season with 737 runs at 52.64 including two centuries.

He has played nine matches for Australia A previously including three matches in the longer format.

The elegant left-hander has shown that he is not far away from the top level whenever selected for Australia A. He scored 115 from 123 balls opening the batting in a limited-overs match against India A in 2016, and has compiled three half-centuries in four-day fixtures.

National Selector Trevor Hohns said both squads had a good mix of experienced international cricketers and emerging players, like Patterson, who have performed strongly and possess the potential to play for Australia.

“It’s an extremely important tour, as we look for players who can adapt and find ways to excel in sub-continent conditions,” Hohns said.

“With Australia’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates fast approaching, it’s a chance for some players to push for selection for that series, and for all players to gain experience in sub-continent conditions.”

Patterson first broke onto the domestic scene in 2011 when he became the youngest batsman to score a Sheffield Shield century against Western Australia at the SCG. At just 18 years of age, he scored a magnificent 157 from 189 balls.

Since that emphatic performance, his First Class career has reflected the consistent trend of recent seasons. In 50 matches, Patterson has scored 3,289 runs at 41.11 including five centuries and 23 fifties.

South Australian captain Travis Head will lead the one-day team, while Australian and Western Australian allrounder, Mitch Marsh, will lead the four-day side.

Australian T20 vice-captain and wicket-keeper batsman, South Australian Alex Carey, will serve as deputy in both squads.

Australia A Four-Day Squad
Mitch Marsh (C) Western Australia
Alex Carey (VC) South Australia
Ashton Agar Western Australia
Brendan Doggett Queensland
Peter Handscomb Victoria
Travis Head South Australia
Jon Holland Victoria
Usman Khawaja Queensland
Michael Neser Queensland
Joel Paris Western Australia
Kurtis Patterson New South Wales
Matthew Renshaw Queensland
Mitch Swepson Queensland
Chris Tremain Victoria

Australia A One-Day Squad
Travis Head (C) South Australia
Alex Carey (VC) South Australia
Ashton Agar Western Australia
Peter Handscomb Victoria
Usman Khawaja Queensland
Marnus Labuschagne Queensland
Michael Neser Queensland
Matthew Renshaw Queensland
Jhye Richardson Western Australia
D’Arcy Short Western Australia
Billy Stanlake Queensland
Mitch Swepson Queensland
Chris Tremain Victoria
Jack Wildermuth Queensland

 

Fixtures

One-Day Matches - Vijayawada

17 August v India A

19 August v South Africa A

23 August v India A

25 August v South Africa A

29 August – Tri-Series Final

Four-Day Matches - Vizag

2 – 5 September v India A

8 – 11 September v India A