The Ashes 2013-14 November 14, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Doran to face England

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Jake Doran, a 16-year-old, batsman from New South Wales, has been chosen to play against England in their tour match in Alice Springs that follows the first Test in Brisbane. Doran has been named in the 12-man squad for the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI and the former Test spinner Michael Beer will captain the side for the two-day match.

Most members of the side are fringe state players, with Beer the only man in the group who has played at international level. Alister McDermott, Josh Lalor and Kane Richardson will be the main pace options, while Beer, James Muirhead and Ashton Turner are the spinners in the outfit.

The top order will be made up of Tasmania's Steven Cazzulino, Western Australia's Marcus Harris and the Victorian pair of Michael Hill and Alex Keath. However, much interest will surround the teenager Doran, who last month became the youngest player to represent the New South Wales second XI since Doug Walters.

Doran, a left-hand batsman who plays for the Fairfield-Liverpool club in Sydney's grade competition, is the younger brother of sometime New South Wales spinner Luke Doran, and is considered one of the brightest young batting prospects in the country. Doran, who was a particularly strong performer during this year's Under-19 tournament against India and New Zealand in Darwin, said he wanted to be the kind of batsman who could thrive in the longer format.

"So far for me I've always looked at the long form of the game, I've always tried to develop that and especially in the off season that was my main focus, my main goal to pursue that long-term format," Doran said. "Test and three-day, four-day match play. If I can get on top of that the other two formats will come because my game play suits those two as well. The three formats I"ve always liked but mainly Test I've always looked up to."

Greg Chappell, Cricket Australia's national talent manager, said the squad boasted an exciting list of up-and-coming players.

"England has been one of the most successful international teams in recent years and the Chairman's XI team contains some of the most exciting young cricketers in the country," Chappell said. "Kane Richardson and Luke Robins are both products of the very successful youth development program in the Northern Territory, while Josh Lalor is one of two indigenous cricketers on state contract lists, with Daniel Christian being the other.

"This will be a great leadership opportunity for captain Michael Beer, who made his Test debut for Australia at the previous home Ashes series in 2011, and at age 29 still has a lot to offer. This is a great opportunity to bring elite cricket to Alice Springs. Traeger Park is a high-class venue at which we expect top-class cricket will become a regular visitor."

CA Chairman's XI Steve Cazzulino, Michael Hill, Marcus Harris, Alex Keath, Jake Doran, Ashton Turner, Kane Richardson, James Muirhead, Michael Beer (capt), Josh Lalor, Alister McDermott, Luke Robins (NT).

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  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | November 16, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Beer must deserve selection in all three format. Richardson is good and can be effective as Mcgrath if utilize well. but Mcdermott & Bird are made to play tests young Walse & Ambrose.

  • POSTED BY MAY--Z on | November 15, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    "Most members of the side are fringe state players, with Beer the only man in the group who has played at international level."

    Kane Richardson has also played at international level

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | November 15, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    This kid can play, but they need to take their time with him and not rush him in before he is ready. As for Hughes, that kid has just notched up his 22nd 1st class century. How many others have done that at 24 years of age? Say what you like about him, but the stats are there. Maybe it is how CA manage him that is the problem.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | November 15, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    I have heard that this kid is the real deal and perhaps the best young batsman coming through the ranks, perhaps we have a future ricky ponting here

  • POSTED BY Monoz1976 on | November 15, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Good luck Doran! Very positive approach by CA compared to subcontinenet cricket in which seniors block the junior players coming to the big picture.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    England don't deserve any favours. For ages they would 'rest' the overseas players and play 2nd string county sides when they played the international sides. And quite often these games were played at the same time as a round of county fixtures, like they are copping now. It's all about the modern day condensed tours, which I think are silly, but that's the way it is these days.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | November 14, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Well it's about time; England team need SOMEONE to compete with and warm-up properly. Oh wait...

  • POSTED BY milepost on | November 14, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    That's a good point @Hatsforbats, NT might produce some interesting pitches, almost sub continent like and be a good breeding ground for players cricket currently loses to AFL and rugby league.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | November 14, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Best of luck to Doran. Hopefully the longer formats will still be in existence by the time he graduates!! Test cricket is already struggling - We know that Test Cricket is the most testing format. However, cricket traditionalists/ purists aside, no one has that much time on their hands! I think the time has come to limit Test matches in order to maintain interest.

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | November 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    dunger.bob, there are quite a few Aboriginal cricketers in the Sydney grade comp and no doubt the other states as well. They play the Imparja Cup every year at the ground in the NT where the Chairman's XI is going to be played. Josh Lalor who played today against England is an Aboriginal cricketer.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | November 16, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Beer must deserve selection in all three format. Richardson is good and can be effective as Mcgrath if utilize well. but Mcdermott & Bird are made to play tests young Walse & Ambrose.

  • POSTED BY MAY--Z on | November 15, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    "Most members of the side are fringe state players, with Beer the only man in the group who has played at international level."

    Kane Richardson has also played at international level

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | November 15, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    This kid can play, but they need to take their time with him and not rush him in before he is ready. As for Hughes, that kid has just notched up his 22nd 1st class century. How many others have done that at 24 years of age? Say what you like about him, but the stats are there. Maybe it is how CA manage him that is the problem.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | November 15, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    I have heard that this kid is the real deal and perhaps the best young batsman coming through the ranks, perhaps we have a future ricky ponting here

  • POSTED BY Monoz1976 on | November 15, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Good luck Doran! Very positive approach by CA compared to subcontinenet cricket in which seniors block the junior players coming to the big picture.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    England don't deserve any favours. For ages they would 'rest' the overseas players and play 2nd string county sides when they played the international sides. And quite often these games were played at the same time as a round of county fixtures, like they are copping now. It's all about the modern day condensed tours, which I think are silly, but that's the way it is these days.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | November 14, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Well it's about time; England team need SOMEONE to compete with and warm-up properly. Oh wait...

  • POSTED BY milepost on | November 14, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    That's a good point @Hatsforbats, NT might produce some interesting pitches, almost sub continent like and be a good breeding ground for players cricket currently loses to AFL and rugby league.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | November 14, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Best of luck to Doran. Hopefully the longer formats will still be in existence by the time he graduates!! Test cricket is already struggling - We know that Test Cricket is the most testing format. However, cricket traditionalists/ purists aside, no one has that much time on their hands! I think the time has come to limit Test matches in order to maintain interest.

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | November 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    dunger.bob, there are quite a few Aboriginal cricketers in the Sydney grade comp and no doubt the other states as well. They play the Imparja Cup every year at the ground in the NT where the Chairman's XI is going to be played. Josh Lalor who played today against England is an Aboriginal cricketer.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | November 14, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Good luck to him, very refreshing to hear a young player speak of their desire to prioritise long-format cricket. Hopefully the venue is as good as they say; it would be great to see more Indigenous representation throughout the domestic ranks (and representing Australia) and first class facilities can be an inspirational tool. I imagine there a quite a few gifted fast bowlers just waiting to be discovered. Eventually I would love to see an N.T. team become part of the domestic competition, we need more first class games per season, and a good ol' dusty track in the middle of the country would add some much needed spice.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 14, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Good luck to him. Will be a fantastic experience

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    This kid can bat. Same with Ben Zwarshuis who is also an excellent left-arm quick bowler. Hughes, the "next Bradman". Nobody said that BRUTALANALYSIST. He was good at under age level. First saw Hughes on the north coast playing for NAmbucca-Bellingen against the Clarence Valley side when he was 13 and a cocky little kid. Wasn't as good as the ones mentioned here although he was well above the other kids on the north coast.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | November 14, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Dunger.bob, I can answer that. A majority of aboriginal communities are in areas where either rugby league or AFL are very dominant sports. You are right though they are natural athletes and as an Aussie it would be great to see more indigenous players in the game, especially at international level.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | November 14, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @Brualanalyst: None of Hayden, Langer, Martyn, even Ponting got things right in their first go. Hughes has been ridiculed because of his technique and performances at the international level, but he is a gutsy kid and a hardworker. If there is any young player in Australia who can lead the batting order like Ponting did for so many years, it's Hughes.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | November 14, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    What happened to Phil Hughes A.K.A the next Bradman ? LOL Aussies are good at comedy when they're not trying to be, Michael Clarke should take note (Dour delivery) . . .

  • POSTED BY Shridharan.S on | November 14, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    This article has one of the statement as "Most members of the side are fringe state players, with Beer the only man in the group who has played at international level." Is it true? Has the promising quick Kane Richardson not played for Australia in the Sri Lanka ODI Series 2012 at home.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Richardson has played at international level...

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | November 14, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    This guy is a serious talent & he plays for my old grade club! If anyone is into putting names aside for the future, his team-mate at Fairfield is a 17yo opening bowler who was the Australian U15 opening bowler 2 years ago. Place Keiran Elley on the watchout list for the future, this kid has serious pace. He just transferred from my current club.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    We often hear things such as where are Australia's up and coming players, or where's the depth in Aussie cricket and stuff like that. Well, here it is.

    There's an interesting thing raised in the article. Indigenous cricketers. .. Now I've always thought that the Aboriginal people are, generally speaking, very gifted natural athletes. Look at the NRL and AFL. There are some tremendous players in those sports. .. So why not cricket? Is it an image thing or what.

    It's good to see that we have a development program up north. I reckon there's a really good chance to find some super talent up there.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | November 14, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    He is a good young player is Doran, future Australia player.

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  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | November 14, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    He is a good young player is Doran, future Australia player.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    We often hear things such as where are Australia's up and coming players, or where's the depth in Aussie cricket and stuff like that. Well, here it is.

    There's an interesting thing raised in the article. Indigenous cricketers. .. Now I've always thought that the Aboriginal people are, generally speaking, very gifted natural athletes. Look at the NRL and AFL. There are some tremendous players in those sports. .. So why not cricket? Is it an image thing or what.

    It's good to see that we have a development program up north. I reckon there's a really good chance to find some super talent up there.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | November 14, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    This guy is a serious talent & he plays for my old grade club! If anyone is into putting names aside for the future, his team-mate at Fairfield is a 17yo opening bowler who was the Australian U15 opening bowler 2 years ago. Place Keiran Elley on the watchout list for the future, this kid has serious pace. He just transferred from my current club.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Richardson has played at international level...

  • POSTED BY Shridharan.S on | November 14, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    This article has one of the statement as "Most members of the side are fringe state players, with Beer the only man in the group who has played at international level." Is it true? Has the promising quick Kane Richardson not played for Australia in the Sri Lanka ODI Series 2012 at home.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | November 14, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    What happened to Phil Hughes A.K.A the next Bradman ? LOL Aussies are good at comedy when they're not trying to be, Michael Clarke should take note (Dour delivery) . . .

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | November 14, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @Brualanalyst: None of Hayden, Langer, Martyn, even Ponting got things right in their first go. Hughes has been ridiculed because of his technique and performances at the international level, but he is a gutsy kid and a hardworker. If there is any young player in Australia who can lead the batting order like Ponting did for so many years, it's Hughes.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | November 14, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Dunger.bob, I can answer that. A majority of aboriginal communities are in areas where either rugby league or AFL are very dominant sports. You are right though they are natural athletes and as an Aussie it would be great to see more indigenous players in the game, especially at international level.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    This kid can bat. Same with Ben Zwarshuis who is also an excellent left-arm quick bowler. Hughes, the "next Bradman". Nobody said that BRUTALANALYSIST. He was good at under age level. First saw Hughes on the north coast playing for NAmbucca-Bellingen against the Clarence Valley side when he was 13 and a cocky little kid. Wasn't as good as the ones mentioned here although he was well above the other kids on the north coast.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 14, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Good luck to him. Will be a fantastic experience