Under-19 World Cup 2014 January 14, 2014

Doran, Ben McDermott make U-19 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jake Doran, the 17-year old New South Wales batsman who faced England earlier in the Ashes tour, is part of Australia's squad for the Under-19 World Cup in the UAE.

Doran has been involved in the U-19 set-up throughout the past year and was part of the tour to India last September. He made 17 against an England XI playing for the Chairman's XI in Alice Springs at the end of November. Wicketkeeper Ben McDermott, the son of Australia's Test fast-bowling coach Craig, also makes the squad.

Greg Chappell, Cricket Australia's national talent manager, said: "The balance and flexibility of this squad is pleasing, containing a solid core of Australia's most exciting cricketers.

"Jake Doran and Ben McDermott are skilful stroke-makers, who also provide excellent glove work as wicketkeepers, and join a number of genuine all-rounders selected in the squad who will provide solid depth with bat and ball.

"Alex Gregory and James Bazley can bat up the order and bowl pace, helping make up a strong bowling contingent, including Billy Stanlake, Ben Ashkenazi, Matt Fotia, Cameron Valente and Guy Walker. The depth of Australia's fast bowling stocks is in good health and indicative of the high level of talent that continues to come through our system."

The squad will be coached by Graeme Hick, the former England batsman, who now works as the high performance coach. They will prepare with matches in Sri Lanka before heading to the UAE where their opening pool match is on February 15 against Namibia in Abu Dhabi.

Squad Thomas Andrews (NT), Ben Ashkenazi (VIC), James Bazley (QLD), Jake Doran (NSW), Matthew Fotia (VIC), Alex Gregory (SA), Benjamin McDermott (QLD), Jaron Morgan (WA), Damien Mortimer (NSW), Matthew Short (VIC), Kelvin Smith (SA), Billy Stanlake (QLD), Cameron Valente (SA), Guy Walker (VIC), Sean Willis (TAS)

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  • rob on January 14, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Does anyone know if Damien Mortimer is related to the Rugby League Mortimer brothers? .. Very good sporting genes in his bloodline if he is.

  • Peter on January 14, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Being involved with some of the junior development program I was amazed just how good some of these guys are. There were some unlucky exclusions, I am looking forward to the future, although the format is still not developing longer form, the right coaches are being appointed to work with them.

  • Peter on January 14, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    The future is looking bleak for the opposing teams - the Aussie youngsters have plenty of promise.

    If only some those other nations could get their houses in order they might also encourage their youngsters to take up the game.

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Graeme Hick coaching an Australian team?? Wow!! Perhaps Australia are coming out of the Dark Ages.... but then.... the Lee incident, the sledging marathon of the top team.... perhaps not.

  • Sanjay on January 14, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    I'd forgotten that Guru Greg was not directly involved with the Ashes squad, little wonder Oz cruised to a win. One day Oz administrators will figure out what Greg Matthews stated many moons ago: Guru Greg has failed as a coach in all his appointments. Years have gone by and nothing has changed.

    However, if Greg is responsible for Hick's appointment, I commend it. I recall Hick turning up as an overseas pro for Queensland in the 80s, perhaps there's a connection with the Guru there.

    It's a great opportunity for Hick who has never been utilized at the national level by England, either as a player or in any other capacity. Good Luck to him. Paul Collingwood's appt as assistant coach to Scotland has received quite a lot of press but Hick's role with the old enemy has almost been ignored.

    Since the World Cup is in UAE and both India/Pak are in the same initial group, it may yet again be a India-Pak Final. Australia's youngsters have their work cut out.

  • Patrick on January 14, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Pleasing to see they're not pushing our young blokes to choose prematurely between bat and ball. Whilst bowlers are expected to contribute more & more with the bat, batsmen are coming through without the handy bowling skills we used to see from young batsmen entering the national team, players such as the Waugh's, Marto, Ponting, Blewett etc Hence we have a fragile bowling all-rounder batting up at 3!

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