The selected Under-16's squad // Brody Grogan
Western Australian duo Michael Herbst and Ewan Nielson have been named in Cricket Australia’s Under-16’s squad, following the conclusion of the School Sport Australia 15 & Under Boys National Championship in Queensland.
The 14-player squad features some of the best talent from the tournament, as selected by the Youth Selection Panel, plus four standby players, including WA’s Jayden Goodwin.
Melville talent Nielson was WA’s leading wicket-taker at the championships with eight wickets from four games including a five-wicket haul against ACT.
Wanneroo’s Herbst claimed four wickets in four games with an average of 18.25 and economy rate of 2.52.
South West product Goodwin, the son of former WA and Zimbabwe batsman Murray, was WA’s top scorer with 152 runs.
Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager, Greg Chappell, said: "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.
"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.
"This squad will form the Cricket Australia XI for next summer’s Under 17 National Championships, and we look forward to these players testing themselves against an older age group at a higher level of competition.”
An international series for this Australia Under 16s squad is yet to be confirmed, but likely to be in early 2018.
New South Wales is the best-represented state with five players in the squad, while South Australia (three), Queensland (two), Victoria (two) and Western Australia (two) are also represented.
Australia U16s Squad
Kyle Brazell, South Australia
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
Suraj Rajesh, South Australia
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)