Three South Australian rising stars have been named in the Australia Under 16s squad, following the conclusion of the School Sport Australia 15 & Under Boys National Championship in Queensland over the weekend.
The 14-player squad features some of the best talent from the tournament, as selected by the Youth Selection Panel, plus four standby players.
Kyle Brazell, Samuel Rahaley and Suraj Rajesh were the three South Australian players who performed well at the National Championships and stood out to selectors.
Opening batters Brazell and Rajesh were among the top ten run-scorers at the tournament, while Rahaley compiled 70 runs across four innings.
All-rounder Brazell also took best figures of 5/33 against New South Wales Green.
The Australia Under 16s squad will form the Cricket Australia XI for next summer’s Under 17 National Championships, where players will be challenged by playing against an older age group at a higher level of competition.
“It was really pleasing to see the amount of talent on display at the championship this year, and there was some really good cricket played throughout the week,” said Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager, Greg Chappell.
“The selection of this team was a challenging one, as there was such a good spread of talent across all teams and plenty of competition for places. That said, we are really pleased with final result of the selection process, and the quality of talent within this Australia Under 16s squad.
An international series for this Australia Under 16s squad is yet to be confirmed, but likely to be in early 2018.
Australia U16s Squad
Kyle Brazell, South Australia (Tea Tree Gully)
Jake Fraser McGurk, Victoria
Michael Herbst, Western Australia
Mac Jenkins, New South Wales
Brock Larance, New South Wales
Jet Liebke, Queensland
Ewan Nielson, Western Australia
Mitchell Pascoe, Queensland
Yash Pednekar, Victoria
Samuel Rahaley, South Australia (Kensington)
Suraj Rajesh, South Australia (Southern District)
Tanveer Sangha, New South Wales
Hugh Sherriff, New South Wales
Brad Simpson, New South Wales
Standby players: William Collins (Tasmania), Jayden Goodwin (Western Australia), Campbell Griffiths (Victoria), William Prestwidge (Queensland)