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High Performance


Information about the programs currently run at the Bupa National Cricket Centre.

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars


Australian Teams

Australian support staff work closely with the National Cricket Centre staff, Sport Science Sport Medicine unit and state associations in the development and implementation of plans and to address weaknesses in CA contracted players.

Australia A 

Australia's second XI, Australia A provides an opportunity for the next crop of emerging talent to showcase their skill on the international stage. The squad tours once a year and most recently won all-but-one game in a tri-series against India A and South Africa A on the sub-continent. 

National Performance Squad (NPS) 

The NPS are selected by the National Selection Panel with input from the National Talent Manager and the State Talent Managers. Players are selected based on the most talented cricketers that are likely to succeed in international cricket in the short, medium and long term; this provides the program with a mix of players including youth and first class experience. The program enables the national selectors to create a five to ten year succession plan for the Australian team addressing identified future areas of weakness.

The winter program runs from May – August and includes a training program addressing technical, tactical, mental and physical areas in addition to overseas training and playing opportunities and high level competition to stretch the players.

Australian Under 19 Program

The Under 19 program is a two year program that is aligned to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup cycle. Players are identified at Under 17 championships and developed over the two years leading into the Under 19 World Cup. The squad is modified within the 2 year period with the final selection occurring as part of the Under 19 championships immediately preceding the World Cup.

 The program is managed by the High Performance Coach who operates as the Australian U19 Coach. The decentralised program includes camps held at the Bupa NCC and state visits by the coach. The Australian U19 coach works closely with State and Territory coaches on individual athlete development and monitors the player’s progress.

U18 Talent Camp

Up to 26 of the nation’s best U18 male players are identified through the U17 and U19 Championships. The players attend a week long intensive training camp at the Bupa NCC aimed at introducing them the High Performance System.  The camp involves matches, physiotherapy screenings, fitness testing, SSSM monitoring and educational sessions.

U16 Australian Team 

The CAXI program is a vital development opportunity for our nation’s best emerging players. This team is selected from the School Sport Australia 15&U Championships by National Talent Manager Greg Chappell and the State Talent Managers. The team plays as the U16 CAXI in the National U17 championships and in an international series against Pakistan. Cricket Australia have done a lot of work with our young players to develop and prepare them for experiences similar to those faced at international level.

Cricket Australia Pathway Rookie Program

The Cricket Australia Pathway Rookie Program is an exciting program which has been developed by Australian Cricket to enhance and develop the best 14 – 17 year boys nationally and to assist each athlete to realise their potential.

The services and opportunities increase from Bronze to Gold. All players begin on the Bronze level and earn promotion to Silver and Gold levels by performance and attitude. 

The Bronze level program is delivered locally by State and Territory staff, consultants and specialists. The Silver level program offers the opportunity to attend a camp at the Bupa National Cricket Centre with the Gold program offering a touring opportunity through the Australian U16 Team.

As part of the program, players experience individual assessments and profiling including: fitness, functional movement screening and physiotherapy screening. Throughout the eight month program Rookies receive fitness programs, nutrition and performance psychology support and development as well as developing individual player programs. A large part of the program is spent working on their cricketing skills with specialist coaching sessions in their home states and experiencing amazing opportunities via interaction with the state contracted players and programs.


Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars

The women’s national selection panel selects 16-18 players each year to form the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Squad. The players are the best in the country and are provided CA contracts 

The program is conducted over a twelve month period. The athletes attend a minimum of three camps per year at the Bupa NCC and undergo specialist training sessions within their home state. 

Individual programs are developed for each squad member by the Women’s Head Coach in consultation with the State coaches and the player. The player progress is monitored via testing, Coach state visits, training diaries and communication with the athlete’s coaches (state and satellite) by the Head Coach with assistance from the Australian Team support staff and relevant state coach.


Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars

The Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars program is an annual development program targeting the best young female talent in Australia. The national selectors select up to twenty athletes each year to be part of the program.

Players are selected from underage championships, WNCL and CA Cup competitions. The program is managed by the Women’s Team Head Coach and the Female Pathway Manager. State and Territory association coaches are involved in the camps conducted for this group and are included in the ongoing monitoring of the squad.

The program consists of one to two camps per year held at the National Cricket Centre, State visits by the Head Coach, Satellite training sessions and access to the NCC specialist camps. Also included in the program is an international series either played home or away per year.

U18 Talent Camp Squad & U15 Development Camp Squad

The Australian Under 18 Talent Camp Squad and Under 15 Development Camp Squad are selected by the Australian Youth Selection Panel based on recommendations from the State/Territory Associations and performances at the National U18 & U15 National Championships.  Members of this squad are invited to attend a Cricket Australia Talent Camp held at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.