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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  • Anupam 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.

  • Matt 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

  • Sharyn 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.

  • Mariam 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

  • Monoz 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nicholas 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...

  • Cameron 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.

  • raj 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.

  • Sharyn 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.

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