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Head to lead Aus A one-day side

30 May 2018

Michael Neser and Travis Head

Strikers skipper Travis Head has been named captain of Australia A’s one-day squad for the upcoming tri-series against India A and South Africa A in August.

Head is joined by fellow Strikers Alex Carey and Michael Neser in both the one-day and four-day squads unveiled by Cricket Australia on Wednesday, with Carey to serve as vice-captain of both sides.

Towering Strikers paceman Billy Stanlake has been included in the one-day squad.

Australia A is scheduled to play five one-day fixtures at Vijayawada beginning on 17 August before two four-day matches against India A at Vizag in early September.

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Western Australia’s Mitchell Marsh will lead a four-day squad featuring several players boasting international experience, including Head, Carey, Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb and Matthew Renshaw among others.

“We’re looking for leaders for future Australian teams, and Travis, Mitch and Alex are all very impressive young men,” Australian National Selector Trevor Hohns said.

“Travis and Mitch both have captaincy experience at state level, and this is an exciting opportunity for them to lead a new group of players in different conditions.

“Alex, as our Twenty20 vice-captain in the UK and Zimbabwe, is also someone we rate very highly as a leader, and this is another opportunity for him to develop those skills.”

Only six players from both squads in Neser, Marnus Labuschagne, Jack Wildermuth, Brendan Doggett, Mitch Swepson and Kurtis Patterson are yet to play for Australia.

But Neser, 28, could be in the frame for a long-awaited Australian debut after receiving a late call-up for the Qantas tour of England to cover injured quick Josh Hazlewood.

The Australia A tour is an important part of Australia’s preparation for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE in October.

“We’ve got a couple of really experienced international cricketers, a large group who have had a taste of playing for Australia already, and some emerging players who have performed strongly and we believe have the potential to one day play for their country,” Hohns said.

“It’s an extremely important tour, as we look for players who can adapt and find ways to excel in sub-continent conditions.”

Mitchell Marsh (c) - WA
Alex Carey (vc) - SA
Ashton Agar - WA
Brendan Doggett - QLD
Peter Handscomb - VIC
Travis Head - SA
Jon Holland - VIC
Usman Khawaja - QLD
Michael Neser - QLD
Joel Paris - WA
Kurtis Patterson - NSW
Matthew Renshaw - QLD
Mitch Swepson - QLD
Chris Tremain - VIC

Travis Head (c) - SA

Alex Carey (vc) - SA
Ashton Agar - WA
Peter Handscomb - VIC
Usman Khawaja - QLD
Marnus Labuschagne - QLD
Michael Neser - QLD
Matthew Renshaw - QLD
Jhye Richardson - WA
D’Arcy Short - WA
Billy Stanlake - QLD
Mitch Swepson - QLD
Chris Tremain - VIC
Jack Wildermuth - QLD

One-Day fixtures – Vijayawada

17 August v India A

19 August v South Africa A
23 August v India A
25 August v South Africa A
29 August – Tri-Series Final

Four-Day fixtures – Vizag
2 – 5 September v India A

8 – 11 September v India A