Ten to watch: Under 19 National Championships
December 03, 2017
There will be plenty of exciting young players on show at the Under 19 National Championships, which kick off on Monday in Hobart.
Here are ten you might want to keep an eye on:
Xavier Bartlett (Queensland)
Queensland Bulls rookie Xavier Bartlett starred at last year’s Under 19 National Championships, and will have his sights set on a similar performance this summer.
The 18-year-old fast bowler has played domestic one-day matches for the CA XI - and a tour match against South Africa - and knows how to move the ball at good pace.
Max Bryant (Queensland)
With two half-centuries - at a rapid rate - against Queensland and NSW in this summer’s JLT One-Day Cup, 18-year-old Queensland Bulls rookie Max Bryant put his name on the radar.
The destructive opening batsman, who has recently signed with the Brisbane Heat, has the ability to break a game open like few others.
Jack Edwards (NSW Metro)
A joint player of the tournament when Australia Under 19s defeated Sri Lanka Under 19s in April this year, Manly product Jack Edwards has talent to burn.
The 17-year-old Sydney Sixers rookie has the ability to score quickly - and all around the ground - while being able to generate good pace off a long run.
Zak Evans (VIC Metro)
Victoria Bushrangers rookie Zak Evans impressed at domestic and international Under 19 level last summer, and knows how to bowl wicket-taking deliveries.
The 17-year-old quick has plenty of pace, knows how to swing the new ball and will be a key player if his Victoria Metro side are to progress into the tournament.
Cameron Green (Western Australia)
Cameron Green made his mark at last year’s Under 19 National Championships - starring in the tournament final before going on to bigger and better things.
The 18-year-old Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers all-rounder made an impressive JLT Sheffield Shield debut with the Warriors with the ball, and with the bat can clear the fence with ease.
Aaron Hardie (Western Australia)
Western Australia captain Aaron Hardie will be determined to take the trophy back west, and he has a strong squad at his disposal.
But the 18-year-old all-rounder has since become more famous for dismissing England captain Joe Root in an Ashes tour game, and combines his medium-fast bowling with some classy stroke-making.
Jason Sangha (ACT/NSW Country)
NSW Blues rookie Jason Sangha has long been touted as a future star, and his century against England in an Ashes tour match last month was all class.
The 18-year-old right-handed top-order bat, who co-captained Australia Under 19s in April, is particularly strong against spin bowling, and will captain ACT/NSW Country.
Jono Merlo (VIC Metro)
With bat and ball, Victoria Metro skipper Jono Merlo is capable of having a big impact on matches.
The 18-year-old smashed a century for Australia Under 19s in April, highlighting his ability to find the boundary, and impressed with his right arm medium-pace bowling while playing for the CA XI in this year’s JLT One-Day Cup.
Lloyd Pope (South Australia)
Leg-spinner Lloyd Pope spun his way into a South Australia Redbacks rookie deal last summer, after a sensational Pathways summer.
The leading wicket-taker at the Under 17s and Under 19s - plus Australia Under 19s’ series against Sri Lanka - the 18-year-old has plenty of variation, and knows how to bowl wicket-taking deliveries.
Param Uppal (NSW Metro)
A ton against Sri Lanka Under 19s in April highlighted Param Uppal’s ability, and the batting all-rounder will be an important player if he is to skipper NSW Metro to the title.
It’s been a big 12 months for Uppal, a NSW Blues rookie who spent the winter with the National Performance Squad, before joining up with the CA XI for the JLT One-Day Cup.