Cricket Australia XI

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Cricket Australia XI
Personnel
Captain Beau Webster
Coach Matthew Elliott
Team information
Colours      Yellow      Green
Home ground Allan Border Field
Capacity 4,500
Secondary home ground(s) Sydney Cricket Ground
Secondary ground capacity 48,000
History
First-class debut New Zealand
in 2015
at Canberra
List A debut New South Wales in 2015 at Bankstown Oval, Sydney
JLT Cup wins 0
Official website: Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia XI is a domestic cricket team who play first-class tour matches against international teams touring Australia. The team formerly played in Australia's JLT Cup limited-overs tournament consisting of talented young state-contracted players.[1] Before each tournament, a 14-man squad was selected from players with state contracts, or Australian National Performance Squad players, who had not been picked in their respective states' 14-man List A squads for that season's tournament. The aim is to develop their skills against top players.

The team was formed by Cricket Australia in 2015. The addition of the Cricket Australia XI to Australia's List A JLT One-Day Cup expanded the competition to seven teams. Players selected are only part of the team for the tournament and return to their respective state sides at its conclusion. They made their List A debut against New South Wales on 5 October 2015, losing by 279 runs. They scored their first win five days later against Tasmania, winning by 3 runs.

Cricket Australia XI, often with more experienced personnel, also played matches against touring Test teams. Cricket Australia XI made their first-class debut against New Zealand in a tour match on 29 October 2015. The team have since played first-class matches against Pakistan and South Africa in the 2016–17 season. Cricket Australia XI played two four-day matches against England and one one-day match as part of the 2017–18 tour.[2]

They now play first-class and T20 matches against touring teams, rather than playing in the One Day Cup after what was deemed a success for Cricket Australia. They will look to be added back in future, but were removed for the 2018–19 season due to the fact that younger players will instead represent state sides, with the Test players out of action.

Formation[edit]

Announcing the formation of the team in May 2015, Cricket Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard said, "We know we've got the talent and we want to be able to expose these players to more high-pressure game time to help the states and to help the overall national cause."[3]

The team was selected from those young players who were not included in any of the six state squads for the 2015–16 competition. Cricket Australia's national talent manager Greg Chappell said he was confident the side would be competitive against the state teams.[4]

2015–16 Matador Cup season[edit]

Cricket Australia XI were overwhelmed in their first two matches of the 2015–16 Matador Cup. In the first, New South Wales scored 3 for 338 then dismissed Cricket Australia XI for 59. Eight of the team were playing their first List A match.[5] In the second match, Victoria dismissed Cricket Australia XI for 79 and made 1 for 81 in 11.1 overs.[6] In their third match, however, Cricket Australia XI scored 7 for 241 and restricted Tasmania to 9 for 238, winning by three runs. Marcus Harris, who scored 84 from 94 balls, won the man of the match award.[7] They again lost heavily in their fourth match, when Western Australia made 5 for 347 and dismissed them for 101.[8] In their fifth match they replied to Queensland's 7 for 282 with 248 all out, Hilton Cartwright scoring 99 off 96 balls and winning the man of the match award.[9] In their sixth and final match South Australia made 5 for 244 and dismissed Cricket Australia XI for 168.[10]

They finished at the bottom of the table. Their leading run-scorer, with 180 runs, was Hilton Cartwright, who also had the highest average, 45.00, and strike-rate, 87.80 runs per 100 balls.[11] Jack Wildermuth took the most wickets, six, and had the best bowling average, 38.00. Matt Dixon had the best figures, 3 for 40.[12]

2015–16 Matador Cup squad[edit]

Bosisto captained the side in five matches, Peirson in one.

2016–17 Matador Cup season[edit]

Cricket Australia XI were more competitive in the 2016–17 Matador Cup, especially in batting, although they lost all six matches. In the first match they made 5 for 274, Ryan Gibson scoring 106 and winning the man of the match award, before Queensland replied with 7 for 278.[13] In the next match they scored 9 for 236 and Tasmania replied with 2 for 239.[14] In the third match New South Wales made 6 for 328, and Cricket Australia XI fell only four runs short in reply with 6 for 324, Gibson top-scoring with 97.[15] The fourth match was more one-sided: Victoria dismissed Cricket Australia XI for 153 and made 6 for 154 in 21.4 overs.[16] In the fifth match South Australia hit a record score for List A cricket in Australia, 7 for 420, and in reply Cricket Australia XI reached 3 for 226 in the 29th over before being dismissed for 318.[17] In the rain-affected final match Cricket Australia XI scored 8 for 147 off their 15 overs, and Western Australia reached the target of 156 with eight balls to spare.[18]

The leading run-scorers were Gibson with 293 runs at an average of 48.83, and Will Bosisto with 251 at 41.83. Sam Harper had the highest run-rate, scoring his 94 runs at a rate of 136 per 100 balls.[19] The most successful bowler was Arjun Nair with 10 wickets at 24.50; he also had the best figures of 3 for 53.[20]

2016–17 Matador Cup squad[edit]

Bosisto captained the side in all six matches.

2017–18 JLT One-Day Cup season[edit]

Squad[edit]

The squad for the 2017–18 JLT Cup, named in September 2017:[21]

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style State Team
Batsmen
1 Jake Carder Australia (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm medium Western Australia
3 Param Uppal Australia Right-handed Right-arm off-break New South Wales
All-rounders
2 Clint Hinchliffe Australia (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 21) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Western Australia
6 Beau Webster Australia (1993-12-01) 1 December 1993 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off-break Tasmania, captain
7 Ben Pengelley Australia Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast South Australia
12 Jonathan Merlo Australia (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Victoria
14 Mac Wright Australia Right-handed Right-arm leg break Tasmania
15 Max Bryant Australia (1999-10-03) 3 October 1999 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm medium Queensland
Wicket-keepers
5 Harry Nielsen Australia (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off break South Australia
Bowlers
9 Henry Thornton Australia (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium New South Wales
10 Jackson Coleman Australia (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 26) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast Victoria
11 Mark Steketee Australia (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Queensland
13 Daniel Fallins Australia Right-handed Right-arm leg-break New South Wales
17 David Grant Australia (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast South Australia
18 Matthew Kuhnemann Australia (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 21) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Queensland
19 Charlie Stobo Australia (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium New South Wales

2017–18 Ashes Series Tour matches[edit]

Cricket Australia XI played two first-class matches, including a two-day practice match and one List A match against England as pre-test warm-up matches for the 2017-18 Ashes series and limited-overs tour.[22]

Squad[edit]

The squad for the tour matches, named in November 2017:[23]

Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style State Team
Batsmen
Jake Carder Australia (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm medium Western Australia
Ryan Gibson Australia (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium New South Wales
Nick Larkin Australia (1990-05-01) 1 May 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium New South Wales
Will Pucovski Australia (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off-break Victoria
All-rounders
Simon Milenko Australia (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Tasmania
Jason Sangha Australia (1998-09-08) 8 September 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm leg-break New South Wales
Matt Short Australia (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off-break Victoria
Wicket-keepers
Tim Paine Australia (1984-12-08) 8 December 1984 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium Tasmania
Harry Nielsen Australia (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off-break South Australia
Bowlers
Jackson Coleman Australia (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 26) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast Victoria
Michael Cormack Australia (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off-break South Australia
Daniel Fallins Australia (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm leg-break New South Wales
Gurinder Sandhu Australia (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium New South Wales

Tim Paine captained the team for the first game before being called into Tasmania's Sheffield Shield squad and missing the second. Matthew Short was named captain for the second game, whilst Harry Nielsen replaced Paine in the squad.[24]

First Class Matches[edit]

8–11 November 2017 (D/N)
Scorecard
v
293 (95 overs)
Dawid Malan 63 (128)
Daniel Fallins 5/73 (22 overs)
9/233d (76 overs)
Tim Paine 52 (98)
Mason Crane 3/78 (21 overs)
203 (67.4 overs)
Jonny Bairstow 61* (66)
Simon Milenko 5/34 (16.4 overs)
75 (40.1 overs)
Matthew Short 28 (55)
Chris Woakes 4/17 (10 overs)
England won by 192 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Simon Fry (Aus) and David Shepard (Aus)

15–18 November 2017
Scorecard
v
250 (91.3 overs)
Matthew Short 51 (122)
Chris Woakes 6/55 (19 overs)
515 (142.5 overs)
Mark Stoneman 111 (159)
Matthew Short 4/103 (32 overs)
4/364 (110 overs)
Matthew Short 134* (264)
Moeen Ali 2/88 (32 overs)
Match drawn
Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
Umpires: Nathan Johnstone (Aus) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
  • Cricket Australia XI won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Harry Nielsen (Cricket Australia XI) made his first-class debut.
  • Jason Sangha and Matthew Short (Cricket Australia XI) both made their maiden first-class centuries, with Sangha becoming the second-youngest batsman to score a first-class century against England.[25][26]

9–10 December 2017
Scorecard
v
9/314d (69.2 overs)
Keaton Jennings 80 (116)
Mac Wright 2/19 (5.2 overs)
1/62 (19 overs)
Travis Dean 29* (56)
Tom Curran 1/14 (4 overs)
Stumps, Day 1
Richardson Park, Perth
Umpires: Shawn Craig (Aus) and Greg Davidson (Aus)
  • Cricket Australia XI won the toss and elected to field.
  • 12 players per side (11 batting, 11 fielding).

List A Match[edit]

11 January 2018
02:20
Scorecard
v

Other Cricket Australia XI teams[edit]

Teams under similar names often play matches against visiting Test teams. A Cricket Australia Chairman's XI played 11 non-first-class matches between 2003 and 2013.[27] A Cricket Australia Invitation XI played a first-class match in 2013–14.[28] Apart from their List A competition matches, Cricket Australia XI teams have also played three first-class and several other matches since 2014–15.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Cricket Australia XI". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
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  9. ^ "Cricket Australia XI v Queensland 2015–16". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
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  14. ^ "Cricket Australia XI v Tasmania 2016–17". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "New South Wales v Cricket Australia XI 2016–17". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "New South Wales v Cricket Australia XI 2016–17". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ferguson, Weatherald tons set new Australian record". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "Cricket Australia XI v Western Australia 2016–17". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
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  20. ^ "Bowling for Cricket Australia XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  21. ^ "Young guns named in CA XI". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  22. ^ "Fixtures". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  23. ^ "CAXI to play England named". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  24. ^ "CA XI coach backing young Aussies to shine against England". Townsville Bulletin. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  25. ^ "Teen follows Tendulkar in torching England". Cricket Australia. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  26. ^ "Marathon stand denies England tour match win". Cricket Australia. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
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