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England Under 19 squad for Australia tour announced

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a 15-man England Under 19 squad for this winter’s tour of Australia. The team will play three four-day Test Matches and five One-Day Internationals against their Australian counterparts, who earlier this year won the ICC Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Bilal Shafayat will captain the youthful squad, which will feature eight 17-year old players when they depart on 31 December. Six of the players come from Yorkshire, including the youngest member of the squad, leg-spinner Mark Lawson, who has been a regular attendee of the ECB Wrist Spin development programme, led by Terry Jenner, and the first player from the scheme to represent England Under 19.

Paul Farbrace coaches the squad in the absence of Tim Boon, who will be on England senior One-Day team duty in Australia.

Paul Farbrace said, “It is a very young side. We have four Under 19s and 11 Under 18s, so the majority of the players will be available to play against South Africa next summer and also in the next ICC Under 19 World Cup in January-February 2004. Seven players have played First Class Cricket, so we will have valuable experience in the team too.

“It is a great opportunity for the Under 19s to be playing a series in Australia while the senior team is competing for the Ashes. Added incentive for them is the fact that three of our Under 19 players from this summer - Kyle Hogg, Gordon Muchall and Graham Wagg - have been selected in the National Academy squad so the current Under 19 players can see a clear pathway forward for their burgeoning careers.”

England Under 19 squad
Ravinda Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Dan Broadbent (Yorkshire)
Simon Cusden (Kent)
Neil Edwards (Somerset)
Andrew Gale (Yorkshire)
Andrew Hodd (wk) (Sussex)
Mark Lawson (Yorkshire)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
James Pearson (Gloucestershire)
Liam Plunkett (Durham)
Bilal Shafayat (capt) (Nottinghamshire)
David Stiff (Yorkshire)
Nick Thornicroft (Yorkshire)
Luke Wright (Leicestershire)

Paul Farbrace Coach
Graham Saville Manager
Kirk Russell Physiotherapist

England Under 19, Australia tour itinerary

December 2002
Tuesday 31 Squad departs England

January 2003
Thursday 2 Arrival in Adelaide,
Saturday 4 One-Day Match (tbc), Adelaide
Sunday 5 One-Day Match (tbc), Adelaide
Monday 6 - Wednesday 8 South Australian XI, Adelaide
Sunday 12 - Wednesday 15 1st Test Match v Australia U19, Adelaide
Friday 17 ECB National Academy
Saturday 18 1st ODI v Australia U19, Adelaide
Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 Victoria Institute of Sport, Melbourne
Sunday 26 2nd ODI v Australia U19, Melbourne
Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 2nd Test Match v Australia U19, Melbourne

February 2003
Monday 3 - Thursday 6 3rd Test Match v Australia U19, Sydney
Saturday 8 3rd ODI v Australia U19, Sydney
Sunday 9 4th ODI v Australia U19, Sydney
Tuesday 11 5th ODI v Australia U19, Sydney
Thursday 13 Depart Australia
Friday 14 Arrive London

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