Cricket Australia XI squad named for Perth tour match
December 02, 2017
Cricket Australia has today announced a 12-player squad to play England in a two-day tour match from 9 - 10 December at Perth’s Richardson Park.
The squad, selected by the Youth Selection Panel, features four players from Tasmania, three from Western Australia and Victoria, and two from South Australia.
CA XI Squad
Gabe Bell, TAS
Alex Bevilaqua, WA
Nick Buchanan, TAS
Michael Cormack, SA
Travis Dean, VIC
Jake Doran, TAS
Sam Harper, VIC
Clint Hinchliffe, WA
Jackson Koop, VIC
Josh Philippe, WA
Jake Winter, SA
Mac Wright, TAS
Coach: John Davison
Assistant Coach: Chris Rogers
Four members of the squad - Victoria’s Travis Dean and Sam Harper, plus Tasmania’s Jake Doran and Gabe Bell - have played JLT Sheffield Shield cricket this season.
Dean has four first-class centuries to his name, while Doran recently scored his maiden first-class ton. Bell is among the JLT Sheffield Shield’s top-10 wicket-takers this summer, with 15 scalps in four matches.
Harper, Dean and a further four members of the squad - Western Australia’s Clint Hinchliffe, South Australia’s Michael Cormack, and Tasmania duo Mac Wright and Nick Buchanan - played in this summer’s JLT One-Day Cup.
Cormack also featured in the CA XI squad for the first two tour matches, in Adelaide and Townsville, while Western Australia keeper-batsman Josh Philippe was included after scoring 88 for a Western Australia XI against England in November.
Cricket Australia National Talent Manager and National Selector, Greg Chappell, said:
“We wanted to field as strong a side as possible, and it’s pleasing to have a number of players involved with first-class and domestic one-day experience,” Chappell said.
“On the batting front, Travis Dean and Jake Doran both have first-class hundreds to their name, while a number of up-and-coming players such as Clint Hinchliffe and Jake Winter also get a chance to shine.
“Josh Philippe from Western Australia impressed in his last match against England, when he scored 88, and he will take the gloves, allowing Jake Doran and Sam Harper to focus on their batting.
“Gabe Bell is a young player who has performed well in the Sheffield Shield this season, and this is a great opportunity for him, while there is plenty of variety on the spin-bowling front with Clint Hinchliffe, Mac Wright and Michael Cormack.”
The team will be coached by National Specialist Skills Program spin coach and Queensland Bulls assistant coach John Davison, with former Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers as his assistant.
The third Test of the Magellan Ashes Series commences on 14 December at the WACA Ground.