CRICKET Australia has recognised the promise of Meyrick Buchanan, with the Colac cricket export named in two national squads.
Nanjing Night Net

Cricket Australia’s Youth Selection Panel (YSP) yesterday announced the 30-player preliminary squad for the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in August, while it also revealed the 15-player squad for next month’s Under 19 International Quadrangular Series in Townsville.

Buchanan, a right-handed batsman and off-spinner, was selected in both squads.

Cricket Australia talent manager Greg Chappell said the Under 19 World Cup was the pinnacle for young players aspiring to play international cricket.

“The YSP has picked a talented and versatile preliminary squad of 30 from which we will then select the final squad in the middle of the year,” he said.

“I’m sure all the players are looking forward to continuing their development as part of this preliminary squad.

“Quite a few players already have experience playing at under 19 international level and more players will get that opportunity over the coming months.”

Chappell said Buchanan — who played for the Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural season of the Big Bash League — was one of a handful of players in the squad who have already had opportunities to play at domestic level.

“These experiences continue to aid their development and we are seeing their skills progress and refine,” he said.

“The Quad Series against England, India and New Zealand will give these players another opportunity to gain further experience playing against the best opposition in world in their age bracket.”

Buchanan’s selection in the squads comes after he decided in November to choose cricket over football, with the Geelong Falcons graduate subsequently withdrawing his nomination from the AFL draft.

Australia is the reigning under 19 world cup champion after the Mitchell Marsh-led squad won the trophy at the last event in New Zealand in January 2010.

“We still have another five months until the world cup and we will use the upcoming quad series, the AIS program and a head-to-head series at home against Pakistan in July to fine-tune our preparations in the lead-up,” Chappell said.

The quad series will be held from April 5 to 15 in Townsville.

The 2012 under 19 world cup will also be held in Queensland, welcoming more than 400 cricketers from 14 nations. It will be the second time the cup has been held in Australia after the inaugural event in 1988.

Buchanan could not be contacted by The Standard yesterday.

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