Australia’s squad for the Under-19 World Cup will be captained by batsman Jason Sangha, and include allrounder Austin Waugh – son of former captain Steve Waugh. Another allrounder, Will Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia’s (CA) chief executive James Sutherland, has been named vice-captain.
Last month Sangha had become the youngest Australian to make a first-class century against England, scoring 133 for the CA XI in a tour game in Townsville in the lead up to the Ashes.
In July, Sutherland, a powerful batsman and fast-medium bowler, had chosen cricket over football, accepting a multi-year rookie deal with Victoria rather than nominating himself for the AFL draft.
Former Australia pacer Ryan Harris will coach the U-19 side, while former batsman Chris Rogers will assist him.
The U-19 World Cup will be played between January 13 and February 3 in New Zealand. Australia are slotted into Group B, and will open their campaign against India on January 14 in Mount Maunganui. The other teams in Group B are Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea.
Australia U-19 squad: Jason Sangha (capt), Will Sutherland (vice-capt), Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Jack Edwards, Zak Evans, Jarrod Freeman, Ryan Hadley, Baxter Holt, Nathan McSweeney, Jonathan Merlo, Lloyd Pope, Jason Ralston, Param Uppal, Austin Waugh