Cricket Australia has today announced the 12-player CA XI team which will take on South Africa in a two-day tour match at Adelaide Oval on October 22 and 23.
Arjun Nair NSW
Josh Inglis WA
Ryan Gibson NSW
Sam Harper VIC
Ben McDermott TAS
Matthew Short (C) VIC
James Bazley QLD
Brendan Doggett QLD
Ryan Lees TAS
Xavier Bartlett QLD
Thomas O’Donnell VIC
Kyle Gardiner WA
Coach: Greg Blewett
Assistant Coach: Luke Williams
The team has been selected by the Youth Selection Panel, and contains some of Australia’s most exciting emerging talent. Every player in the squad is aged 22-or-under.
National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said:
“This is a really exciting opportunity for these players to test their abilities against quite a formidable South African side,” Chappell said. “Ten of the 12 players in this side are currently playing with the CA XI squad in the Matador BBQs Cup and they will come in with some really solid match practice at an extremely high level of competition.
“It’s another step in stretching these young players to compete at a higher level and see how they fare. “We believe they have the capabilities to compete against the South Africans, and are excited to see what they produce.”
Victorian Bushrangers allrounder Matthew Short will captain the side after his recent stint as vice-captain of the CA XI during the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup. Nine of Short’s Matador BBQs Cup teammates also feature in the squad, including 17-year-old Queensland Bulls fast bowler, Xavier Bartlett, and in-form New South Wales Blues batsman Ryan Gibson.
Gibson has averaged over 50 with the bat in his first five Matador BBQs Cup matches, compiling a century against the Bulls, plus two half centuries. Spin-bowling allrounder Arjun Nair and fast bowler Brendan Doggett – who was named the Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year earlier this year – are two players who will be looking to build on some promising performances in the Matador BBQs Cup.
Ben McDermott, who is currently with the Tasmanian Tigers squad in the Matador BBQs Cup, and exciting Western Australia spinner Kyle Gardiner are the two players not in the CA XI Matador BBQs Cup squad. The CA XI match will be the first of two tour matches ahead of the Commonwealth Bank Test Series against South Africa – which begins on November 3 at the WACA.