Wes Agar, Clinton Hinchliffe in Australia U-19 World Cup squad
Wes Agar, the brother of Australian spinner Ashton Agar, and Clinton Hinchliffe were named in Australia's 21-member squad for the upcoming Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Wes, a fast bowler, generated good pace and impressed in the Under-19 Championships, taking ten wickets in eight matches, including a five-wicket haul at an average of 22.60. Fellow South Australian Michael Cormack, who topped the wicket charts with 21 scalps at 16.57 was also included.
Hinchliffe was the leading run-getter in the Under-19 Championships with 446 runs to add to 10 wickets, and eventually reaped the Player-of-the-Series award. Tom O'Donnell, the son of former Australian all-rounder Simon O'Donnell, and Sam Elliott, the son of former Test batsman Matthew Elliot, also found a place in the squad.
Also named was Newcastle's Jason Sangha, the only cricketer to advance to the Under-19 National Championships from the School Sports Australia Under-15 Championships.
Cricket Australia's National Talent Manager Greg Chappell believed that the squad had all bases covered in addition to plenty of leadership options.
"The squad the National Youth Selection Panel has picked is one we believe could win the World Cup," Chappell said.
"There is a vast array of all-round talent here that can post big scores and restrict opposition teams with the ball and in the field; there is also plenty of leadership within the group."
The squad will be trimmed to 15 on December 28 as per ICC regulations. Australia, who are placed in Group A alongside India, Nepal, and New Zealand, begin their campaign against India on January 28 in Mirpur.
Squad: Wes Agar, Michael Cormack, Kyle Gardiner, Jordan Gauci, Brooke Guest, David Grant, Sam Grimwade, Sam Harper, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Henry Hunt, Caleb Jewell, Jonathan Merlo, Arjun Nair, Tom O'Donnell, Jonte Pattinson, Patrick Page Jnr, Jhye Richardson, Jason Sangha, Ben Taylor, Henry Thornton.