Australia news May 7, 2014

New South Wales sign 17-year-old Doran

ESPNcricinfo staff

The inclusion of 17-year-old batsman Jake Doran on a rookie contract is one of few changes to the New South Wales squad after a successful season in which they won the Sheffield Shield and made the Ryobi Cup final.

The only departures from last year's contract list were the fast bowler Chris Tremain, who signed with Victoria, and the rookies Nic Bills and Jay Lenton, who were dropped. Not surprisingly, Ryan Carters was upgraded from a rookie deal after an outstanding summer in which he finished third on the Shield run tally with 861 at 53.81, while 19-year-old allrounder Patrick Pisel was added to the rookie list.

Doran's inclusion came after he broke Doug Walters' record as the youngest player ever to represent the New South Wales Second XI last summer, when he debuted at the age of 16. He also played against the touring England side for the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Alice Springs and signed a rookie contract with the Sydney Thunder, before being Australia's top scorer at the Under-19 World Cup.

The Blues again have a strong contingent of Cricket Australia-contracted players, with seven men holding national deals, allowing the state to name a 27-strong list including rookies. The only change to the CA-contracted personnel was that Steven Smith now holds a central contract, while Pat Cummins has returned to a state deal.

"We have retained all but one full member of our Shield-winning squad and are also able to call on our Australian players at certain times of the year to reinforce the winning culture of the group," Andrew Jones, the Cricket New South Wales CEO said. "Last season was a successful one for the New South Wales Blues, but we need to keep improving and make sure that we are always challenging for titles in the Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup, and continuing to produce players for Australia."

New South Wales contracts Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Ryan Carters, Michael Clarke (Cricket Australia contract), Trent Copeland, Pat Cummins, Brad Haddin (CA), Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Scott Henry, Daniel Hughes, Josh Lalor, Nathan Lyon (CA), Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve O'Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Steven Smith (CA), Mitchell Starc (CA), David Warner (CA), Shane Watson (CA). Rookies Harry Conway, Jake Doran, Ben Dwarshuis, Patrick Pisel.

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  • subhasish on May 11, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    i think doran can get in to the aus side as a wk he is a very bud batsmen and can keep wickets so so selector can give hims chance in t20 and odis to know how he keep wickets he can replace haddin in odis and t20s if luck with him he get runs in 1st class cricket he can play as a wk for aus in 2015 world cup i do not think aus should pick haddin as a wk for 2015 WC SO SELETOR NEED TO TRY DORAN IN THE TOUR OF ZIM AND IN AUS SUMMER IN ODIS .PLZ PUBLISH CRICINFO

  • Jake on May 7, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    "If your good enough you're old enough"

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Doran is the future Mr. Cricket and captain of Australia.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Pretty big turnaround in fortunes from a year ago, isn't it? In Carters, Maddinson, Patterson and Doran they have some of our finest young batting talent on their contract list, I hope the change in fortunes bodes well for these young blokes and that they can realise their respective abilities. The best part is that none of them are really guaranteed a place in the team which should sort out the wheat from the chaff!

  • rob on May 7, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    I hope he gets plenty of time on the field this season and doesn't spend a year in the nets with too many 'coaches' yapping in his ear. Just let the kid play and lets see what he's got.

  • Brennan on May 7, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Doran's batting reminds me Mike Hussey. He's so patient and difficult to dismiss. Hopefully he stays away from T20 cricket for the next few years at least because with consistent improvement and lots of time in the middle against quality bowlers he could be playing test cricket for Australia in the next 4 years.

  • James on May 7, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Come on kid, please be the next Ricky Ponting (Also signed at 17).

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