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15-Dec-2017 05:30:00 GMT
2018 ICC U-19 World Cup

Sangha lead Australia in U19 World Cup

Perth: 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, scoring 133 for the CA XI against the touring England side 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.

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

In 2016, Waugh had hit an unbeaten hundred in the final of the Under-17 National Championships, and earlier this year represented Australia U-19s in a one-day series against Sri Lanka's youth side.

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.

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