Australia Under 19s ready for ground-breaking tour
February 28, 2018
Cricket Australia (CA) has today announced a 14-player squad to tour and compete in an Under 19 Women’s tri-series, with the team travelling to South Africa to play against the hosts and England.
The squad is the first female Australia Under 19 team to compete overseas, and it marks the first international series played by a female Australia Under 19 team since 2003.
Five members of the squad are from NSW Metro, three are from Victoria, two from ACT/NSW Country, and one apiece from Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia.
Nine of the 14 squad members are currently on state contracts and seven are on full WBBL contracts, with three additional players WBBL rookies.
Seven have played WNCL cricket and three in the WBBL – with Victorian trio Nicole Faltum, Annabel Sutherland (both Melbourne Stars) and Georgia Wareham (Melbourne Renegades) playing in both competitions.
New South Wales’ Rachel Trenaman will captain the 50-over matches with Tasmanian Courtney Webb as her deputy. Saskia Horley, also from New South Wales, will captain the T20 matches with Sutherland as vice-captain.
The squad contains three wicket-keepers, with New South Wales’ Maddy Darke, Queensland’s Josie Dooley and Faltum are all set to take the gloves at some point in the series, and a wealth of all-rounders, including Hannah Darlington and Wareham.
Sutherland, along with Stella Campbell, Ellen Falconer and Tayla Vlaeminck will form the new ball attack throughout the series, whilst Trenaman, Horley and Wareham are among the spin-bowling options.
The youngest member of the squad is all-rounder Hayley Silver-Holmes, who is 14 years old, and led the run-scorers in the Under 15 National Championships.
Australia Under 19s and CA High Performance Coach Leah Poulton - who played in Australia’s most recent Under 19 Women’s series in 2003 - said the tour will provide a chance for the squad to get experience in a foreign environment.
“The tour presents a really good opportunity for the players to get a taste of what it’s like to be in an elite touring environment,” Poulton said.
“Putting your skills to the test in a variety of different conditions and situations is an essential part of being an elite cricketer.
“England and South Africa are two very good teams who will present some good challenges for the group.
“We want the players to be tested and to be pushed outside their comfort zones and to have to adapt to the different situations they find themselves in. This is a really exciting group of players who I think all have big futures in the game so I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform.”
The squad arrives in South Africa on April 6, and plays six games before the tri-series final on April 28.
Australia Under 19s: Stella Campbell (NSW Metro), Maddy Darke (NSW Metro), Hannah Darlington (NSW Metro), Josephine Dooley (Queensland), Ellen Falconer (South Australia), Nicole Faltum (Victoria), Saskia Horley (NSW Metro), Hayley Silver-Holmes (NSW Metro), Annabel Sutherland (Victoria), Rachel Trenaman (ACT/NSW Country), Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria), Georgia Wareham (Victoria), Courtney Webb (Tasmania), Tahlia Wilson (ACT/NSW Country)
Australia Under 19s Tour of South Africa
12 April, England Women Academy v Australia Under 19’s (50-overs)
14 April, South Africa Emerging Women v Australia Under 19’s (50-overs)
18 April, Australia Under 19’s v England Women Academy (50-overs)
20 April, South Africa Emerging Women v Australia Under 19’s (50-overs)
24 April, England Women Academy v Australia Under 19’s (T20)
26 April, Australia Under 19’s v England Women Academy (T20)
29 April, Final (50-overs)