A number of the up and coming stars of New South Wales cricket have been named in an Under 19 Australian squad to play Pakistan and two teams to feature in a BBL Pathways match.
The four New South Wales’ players included in the Under 19 squad to face Pakistan in the three Youth One Day Internationals starting next week are Iain Carlisle, Oliver Davies, Ryan Hackney and Lawrence Neil-Smith.
The three matches will be played at the Albert Ground in Melbourne on 27, 29 and 31 December.
Hackney was a stand out for New South Wales Metro during the victorious Under 19 National Championships finishing the tournament as the second leading run scorer behind Tasmania’s Tom Rogers. The young batsman amassed 382 runs at an average of 63.67.
His highest score of 133 not out came against Tasmania in his first match of the championships.
Lawrence Neil-Smith was the leading wicket taker for the champions throughout the tournament claiming 15 wickets at 14.9. His best figures were 5-17 against Tasmania in the Quarter Final.
The BBL pathways match will feature seven New South Wales’ players in total across the Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI teams.
Except Ryan Hackney, who is included in both squads, six of the seven players involved in the Pathways match will also be in action during the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand throughout January.
These players include Jack Edwards, Ryan Hadley, Jason Ralston, Austin Waugh and New South Wales Blues’ rookies Jason Sangha and Param Uppal.
Edwards, Hadley, Sangha and Uppal will play for a Ricky Ponting XI, while Hackney, Ralston and Waugh will feature for the Adam Gilchrist XI.
The selection is the perfect way to end one of the best weeks in the young career of Jack Edwards, after his 147 from 125 balls played a definitive role in the win for New South Wales Metro in the final of the Under 19 National Championships against the Cricket Australia XI.
It will be played ahead of the Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers Big Bash League clash on January 5.
Each of the squads were selected by the Youth Selection Panel, comprising the chairman National Talent Manager and National Selector Greg Chappell, former Australian bowling coach Troy Cooley, former Australian and South Australian wicketkeeper Graham Manou and former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris.
The selections were made in conjunction with State and Territory talent managers.
“We think this is a really talented group, with some great depth, and it’s pleasing to be able to give a number of players opportunities to test their skills at a higher level”, Graham Manou said about the Under 19 squad.
“The Pathways BBL match is another great opportunity, and this is the second year we see the Ponting XI face off against the Gilchrist XI”, he said.
“To be able to have two teams of our best Under 19 cricketers play a Twenty20 match at a world-class venue in the Gabba will be a great showcase of the future of Australian cricket, and a real highlight of our rising stars coming through the pathway”.