Seven NSW players have been named in the male Australian Under 19 squad for a four-match tour of Sri Lanka later this month.
NSW players make up half the 14-man squad, which was chosen after the National Under 19 Championships in Adelaide finished on Thursday.
It was another successful tournament for NSW teams, with ACT/NSW Country going on to win the title after beating a previously undefeated NSW Metro in one of the semi-finals.
NSW Metro trio Oliver Davies (392 at 65.33), Sam Fanning (370 at 74) and Baxter Holt (333 at 55.5) all scored heavily during the Championships while ACT/NSW Country fast bowler Iain Carlisle (15 wickets at 17.13) was the leading wicket-taker.
Holt, the NSW Metro wicketkeeper, represented Australia at the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand during February.
The players will arrive in Colombo on 30 December to play three one-day matches and one three-day match against Sri Lanka Under 19s.
The team has been selected by the CA Youth Selection Panel, led by National Selector and National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, in consultation with State and Territory Talent Managers.
“It was exciting to see the quality of cricket on display at the championships, and we believe this is a well-balanced squad with plenty of talent,” Chappell said.
“Many of these players have now come through the Pathway from Under 15s to Under 19s, and we are continuing to see them improve, which is a credit to themselves and their States.
“Providing our best young players with international opportunities is an essential part of the Pathway.
“This squad contains six players who have already represented Australia Under 19s, and a mix of players who are either in their final year of Under 19s cricket or will remain eligible for the next ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2020.”
Australia Under 19s
Iain Carlisle – New South Wales
Oliver Davies – New South Wales
Zak Evans – Victoria
Sam Fanning – New South Wales
Jarrod Freeman – Tasmania
Lachlan Hearne – New South Wales
Baxter Holt – New South Wales
Corey Hunter – Queensland
Josh Kann – Queensland
Liam Marshall – New South Wales
Keegan Oates – Tasmania
Tanveer Sangha – New South Wales
Will Sutherland – Victoria
Matthew Willans – Queensland
Coach: Ryan Harris
Assistant Coach: Wade Townsend
Australia Under 19 Fixtures
3 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo
5 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo
7 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo
10-12 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at SSC Ground, Colombo