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Get to know: Australia Under 19s


December 28, 2018


Baxter Holt celebrates a catch during Australia's 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup semi-final win // Getty

By cricketaustralia.com.au

Australia Under 19s will take on Sri Lanka Under 19s in three Youth ODIs and a three-day match in Colombo, with the series starting on January 3.

Here’s a look at the squad of rising stars who will represent Australia.

Iain Carlisle

State: New South Wales
Age: 18
Role: RAFM

A right-arm opening bowler, Iain Carlisle has already represented Australia Under 19s twice, on home soil against both Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The Campbelltown-Camden product was second for wickets taken (15) at the Under 19 Male National Championships for winners ACT/NSW Country, and is capable of swinging the new ball both ways.

Oliver Davies

State: New South Wales
Age: 18
Role: RHB, RAOS

Ollie Davies made headlines at the Under 19 Male National Championships with a record-breaking 207 - including 17 sixes, and six of those in one over. A damaging right-hand batsman, Davies is a player who can take the game away from an opposition quickly. He led NSW Metro at the under-19 tournament, and is also a handy off-spinner who is great in the field. 

Zak Evans

State: Victoria
Age: 18
Role: RAF

One of four members of this squad to play at the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, Zak Evans falls in the express pace category. Contracted to Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades, the right arm quick knows how to swing the ball at pace - and claimed 14 wickets at the Under 19 Male National Championships for Victoria Metro.

Sam Fanning

State: New South Wales
Age: 18
Role: LHB

Sam Fanning was one the star performers at the Under 19 Male National Championships, dominating for NSW Metro at the top of the order. A left-handed opener, Fanning is hard to stop when he gets going. In six innings, he was dismissed twice for ducks - but made 77 or more in his other four innings.

Jarrod Freeman

State: Tasmania
Age: 18
Role: RHB, RAOS

The only player in this squad to have played JLT Sheffield Shield cricket, Jarrod Freeman looms as an important player for this side. As an accurate and economical off-spinner, the Tasmanian rookie will have an important role with the ball - but he’s also a dangerous middle order batsman who can find the boundary.

Lachlan Hearne

State: New South Wales
Age: 18
Role: LHB

Slotting into the middle-order for NSW Metro at the Under 19 Male National Championships, Hearne made the most of his opportunities behind now Australian teammates Sam Fanning, Ollie Davies and Baxter Holt. The left-handed stroke-maker had a lowest score of 25 - finishing not out in three of his six innings to average 76.3 for the tournament.

Baxter Holt

State: New South Wales
Age: 19
Role: RHB, WK

Sharp with the gloves and damaging with the bat, Baxter Holt looms as a key player for this squad in sub-continent conditions. The NSW Blues rookie impressed behind the stumps at the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, and took his chance at the top of the order for NSW Metro at the under-19 carnival with two big centuries - following his 151 in the Toyota Futures League in November.

Corey Hunter

State: Queensland
Age: 18
Role: RHB

Corey Hunter has burst onto the scene in 2018-19, dominating at Toyota Futures League level. The free-flowing Queensland opener went into the Christmas break with two Futures League centuries to his name, and scored two half-centuries for the men in maroon at the Under 19 Male National Championships.

Josh Kann

State: Queensland
Age: 19
Role: RHB, RAFM

A product of the Gold Coast Dolphins, all-rounder Josh Kann emerged as a damaging player with bat and ball. The right arm quick claimed 11 wickets and whacked 228 runs at an average of 32.6 - at a strike-rate of 155 - in the middle order to earn an Australian call-up.

Liam Marshall

State: New South Wales
Age: 18
Role: RAF

Boasting express pace, Bankstown and NSW Metro fast bowler Liam Marshall will be a dangerous proposition with the ball. The right-arm quick stands at 196 centimetres tall, can generate bounce out of most surfaces and hits the bat hard.

Keegan Oates

State: Tasmania
Age: 18
Role: RHB, RAM

Tasmanian all-rounder Keegan Oates was player of the tournament at the Under 19 Male National Championships, starring with the bat and picking up handy wickets with his medium-pace. A right-handed batsman, Oates impressed as captain and first-drop for Tasmania at the carnival - smashing a tournament-high 430 runs including a ton and three 50s.

Tanveer Sangha

State: New South Wales
Age: 17
Role: RALS

Tanveer Sangha is the youngest member of this squad, and a highly-touted leg-spinner. The NSW product represented the Cricket Australia XI at this year’s under-19 tournament, and was a star performer through his wicket-taking ability for Australia Under 16s against Pakistan on home soil in early 2018.

Will Sutherland

State: Victoria
Age: 19
Role: RHB, RAFM

It’s been a big year for Will Sutherland, who after being vice-captain for Australia at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup has gone on to represent Victoria at the JLT One-Day Cup and the Melbourne Renegades in BBL|08. Sutherland impressed for Victoria before being hampered by injury, and the all-rounder then captained Victoria Metro at the Under 19 Male National Championships, averaging more than 40 playing as a batsman only.

Matthew Willans

State: Queensland
Age: 18
Role: LAF

Queenslander Matt Willans is a towering presence at the crease - literally. The left-arm quick stands at 204 centimetres tall. But it’s not just his height that’s impressive, it’s his wicket-taking ability - he proved a handful for opposition batsmen at the Under 19 Male National Championships, claiming 10 scalps at an average of 18.3.

Australia Under 19s - Fixtures

One-Day Matches
3 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo
5 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo
7 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo

Three-Day Match
10-12 January: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at SSC Ground, Colombo