Matthew Spoors in action for WA // Cricket Australia
Wanneroo batsman Matthew Spoors has been named in a 15-player Australia Under-19’s squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka Under-19s in April in Tasmania.
Spoors, 17, is WA’s sole representative in the squad which has one eye on the present and another looking ahead to next year’s ICC Under-19’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand from 12 January to 4 February.
The teenager was part of WA’s triumphant side at the Under-19 Nationals late last year, scoring 153 runs and taking 11 wickets at an average 19.82 with best figures of 4-21.
He also competed for WA at the 2015-16 Under-17s, finishing the competition’s seventh top scorer with 327 runs including two centuries, along with eight wickets.
Spoors played 10 First Grade games for Wanneroo in Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket this season, scoring 277 runs.
The series begins with a one-off three-day match following by five one-day matches.
National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said: "Some of the top performers from this summer’s Under-19 National Championships have been rewarded with selection.
"This series is also important as we look ahead to next year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup. This is a young Under-19’s squad, with every player except wicketkeeper Lewin Maladay eligible for selection for the World Cup.
"We expect that this team will be extremely competitive against Sri Lanka, in both the three-day match and five one-day matches.”
Australia Under-19s Squad
Max Bryant, 18,
Jack Edwards, 16, New South Wales
Zak Evans, 17, Victoria
Ryan Hackney, 17, New South Wales
Ryan Hadley, 18, New South Wales
Lewin Maladay, 19, New South Wales
Jonathan Merlo, 18, Victoria
Mitchell Perry, 16, Victoria
Lloyd Pope, 17, South Australia
Jason Sangha, 17, New South Wales
Matthew Spoors, 17, Western Australia
Will Sutherland, 17, Victoria
Param Uppal, 18, New South Wales
Austin Waugh, 17, New South Wales
Harrison Wood, 18, Queensland
Australia U19s v Sri Lanka U19s in Hobart
8 April – 10 April: Three-Day Match
13 April: 1st One-Day Match
15 April: 2nd One-Day Match
18 April: 3rd One-Day Match
21 April: 4th One-Day Match
23 April: 5th One-Day Match