New South Wales Blues batsmen Kurtis Patterson and Jason Sangha have been selected in the Cricket Australia XI to take on Sri Lanka in a day-night three-day tour match at Blundstone Arena from 17-19 January.
Patterson has been named vice captain of the Cricket Australia XI for the pink ball fixture in Hobart.
National Selector Trevor Hohns said the players selected for the Cricket Australia XI in this tour match were of interest to the National Selection Panel looking ahead to the World Cup and Ashes campaigns this year.
“CA XI squads have the chance to play cricket against international teams, and these matches give players selected the opportunity to press their case for higher honours,” said Mr Hohns.
Both Sangha, 19, and Patterson, 25, have produced impressive performances during the opening six rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield this season.
Patterson has amassed 428 runs at an average of 47.55, including a highest score of 107 not out against Western Australia, and is a key reason why the Blues currently sit second on the Sheffield Shield table.
It continues a consistent run of good form for Patterson in the First Class arena throughout recent seasons. The stylish left-hander has compiled over 2000 runs during the previous three campaigns in the Sheffield Shield at an average of a tick under 40.
Likewise, Sangha has continued to emerge as a quality First Class batsman this season, after he came to the attention of the Australian cricketing public last summer in a tour match for the Cricket Australia XI against England.
The then 18-year-old became the youngest batsman since Indian master Sachin Tendulkar to score a First Class century against England when he compiled 133 from 226 balls against last season’s tourists in Townsville.
The former Australian Under 19 captain followed that up this season with a maiden Sheffield Shield century against Tasmania at the famous SCG.
In his third First Class match for the Blues, Sangha made 117 in a momentous match which also saw fellow teenager Jack Edwards, 18, also make his maiden Sheffield Shield and First Class century.
Edwards scored 101, in what was also his third Sheffield Shield match, and shared a vital 180-run partnership with Sangha in the first innings of the fixture.
It was the third occasion in the history of Sheffield Shield cricket that two teenagers had scored a century in the same match.
Sangha has also impressed in his debut Big Bash League season with the Sydney Thunder.
The prodigious right-handed batsman made a stand-out 63 not out from just 36 balls against the Melbourne Stars in his debut BBL match at Manuka Oval in Canberra on 21 December.
Patterson and Sangha will play alongside four of the 13 players selected in the Australian Test Men’s squad for the two Tests against Sri Lanka during late January and early February.
The first Test, which is a day-night fixture, commences on 24 January and, will be followed by the first ever Test match to be held at Manuka Oval starting on 1 February.
The bowling quartet of fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and off-spinner Nathan Lyon have retained their places in the Test squad for the two Test series against Sri Lanka.
Hazlewood remains vice captain alongside Test captain Tim Paine.
Cricket Australia XI squad
|Joe Burns (c)||Queensland|
|Kurtis Patterson (vc)||New South Wales|
|Jake Doran (wk)||Tasmania|
|Jason Sangha||New South Wales|
Australia Men’s Test Squad
|Tim Paine (c)||Tasmania|
|Josh Hazlewood (vc)||New South Wales|
|Pat Cummins||New South Wales|
|Travis Head||South Australia|
|Nathan Lyon||New South Wales|
|Mitchell Starc||New South Wales|