Australian U-19 team to tour England in July

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Melbourne, June 24 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday announced the confirmation of the Australian Under-19 team’s tour to England next month.

The Australian U-19 squad has been selected with an eye to next year’s Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh and includes several graduates from last year’s Australian Under-16 side and Under-17 championship selection.

CA national talent manager Greg Chappell said the tour would provide valuable playing experience ahead of the 2015-16 summer.

“We made some changes from the team that performed strongly against England in Perth two months ago with an eye to the World Cup early next year,” he said.

“Some of those players were going to be too old for the World Cup, so we had ear-marked this tour as the next opportunity to look at some others who could find themselves in contention for that tournament,” Chappell said.

The squad departs on July 25 and returns on August 24. It will be coached by the CA high performance coach and former England batsman Graeme Hick and former fast bowler Joe Dawes.

Australian U-19 squad: Jordan Gauci, Caleb Jewell, Sam Harper, Jake Doran, Patrick Page, Will Pucovski, Tom Healy, Jonte Pattison, Jhye Richardson, Henry Thornton, David Grant, Liam Hatcher, Sam Grimwade, Arjun Nair, Ben Taylor.

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