Cricket Australia XI named for India tour match

Cricket Australia has today announced the 12-player Cricket Australia XI squad to take on India, in a four-day tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The match, which will be played from November 28 to December 1, will see some of Australia’s emerging players get the chance to take on the world’s number-one ranked Test team ahead of the four-match Domain Test Series between Australia and India.

Western Australia’s Sam Whiteman will lead the side, which features Australian limited-overs representative D’Arcy Short.

Cricket Australia XI squad

Sam Whiteman (C) – Western Australia

Max Bryant – Queensland

Jake Carder – Western Australia

Jackson Coleman – Victoria

Harry Conway – New South Wales

Daniel Fallins – New South Wales

David Grant – South Australia

Aaron Hardie – Western Australia

Jonathan Merlo – Victoria

Harry Nielsen – South Australia

D’Arcy Short – Western Australia

Param Uppal – New South Wales

Coach: Graeme Hick

Assistant Coach: Sriram Sridharan

The team has been selected by the Youth Selection Panel, which is led by National Selector and National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, in consultation with State and Territory Talent Managers.

Bupa Support Team batting coach Graeme Hick will coach the team, with spin consultant Sriram Sridharan as his assistant.

South Australia’s Harry Nielsen will take wicket-keeping duties, with four members of Australia’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup campaign – Victoria’s Jonathan Merlo, New South Wales’ Param Uppal, Queensland’s Max Bryant and Western Australia’s Aaron Hardie – also included in the squad.

“This is an excellent opportunity for these talented players to test themselves against India, the number one Test team in the world,” Chappell said.

“It’s a versatile squad, with a number of players capable of contributing with bat and ball. D’Arcy Short and Param Uppal both offer valuable spin bowling, alongside their batting, with Aaron Hardie and Jonathan Merlo both capable middle-order batsmen who offer a seam-bowling option.

“Many of the players in this squad have previously played in a Cricket Australia XI during their career, and eight have played Sheffield Shield cricket.

“We know this is a chance for our emerging players to display their skills against a world-class opponent, and we look forward to seeing what they can do against India.”

The team is subject to players earning state selection for Round 5 of the JLT Sheffield Shield competition, commencing on 27 November.

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