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January 14, 2014
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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