Focus on skill development

Emerging Players tournament begins July 10

Cricinfo staff

July 6, 2006

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Young talent from four Test countries - Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa - will be on display in the 12-day Emerging Players tournament beginning July 10 at Brisbane's Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence (CBCE).

The CBCE side, which has players from the Australian Institute of Sport's cricket programme, apart from three overseas players - Pinal Shah, Gaurav Dhiman and Kshemal Waingankar - on scholarship from India, will play the teams from the other three countries. The teams will play six Twenty20 games and 14 fifty-over matches from July 10 to July 21.

Dene Hills, the CBCE coach, said the focus of this tournament will, apart from team success, be on development of skills. "New Zealand and South Africa are sending players who have already debuted in their national squads so we will certainly find ourselves up against sides that are very talented and have some international experience," he said.

The South African side, coached by Allan Donald, is a strong one with seven Test players including Neil McKenzie and Charl Langeveldt.

"Our team is very capable and has experience within domestic first-class cricket. However, international cricket is a step above domestic competitions and this tournament will expose our side to international players and give them a taste of cricket at the highest level," Hills added.

CBCE squad: David Warner (NSW), George Bailey (TAS) CO-Captain, Doug Bollinger (NSW), Beau Casson (WA), Adam Crosthwaite (VIC), Daniel Doran (QLD), Ben Edmondson (WA), Callum Ferguson (SA), Aaron Finch (VIC), Shaun Marsh (WA), Tim Paine (TAS), Peter Siddle (VIC), Adam Voges (WA) CO-Captain, Gaurav Dhiman (visiting OS Scholar), Pinal Shah (visiting OS Scholar), Kshemal Waingankar (visiting OS Scholar)

Coaches - Jamie Siddons and Dene Hills

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