It’s deserved recognition for Weatherald, 23, who scored a match-defining century in Adelaide’s BBL|07 title win in February and was the third-highest runscorer of the tournament.
The left-hander featured in an Australian intra-squad match last year and starred with 96 from just 52 balls in his hometown of Darwin.
The aim of the program is streamline the development of players who could potentially represent Australia within the next two-to-five years.
The group will be based at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane from May until early September, working with Bupa National Performance Program Head Coach Troy Cooley and Bupa High Performance Coaches Ryan Harris and Chris Roger.
Adelaide Strikers and Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey is a recent graduate of the program.
Strikers-listed bowlers Nick Winter, David Grant (both pace) and Michael Cormack (spin) and Thomas O’Connell (spin) will also join the program in their respective skill component.
The program concludes in early September, with the squad set to compete against states in pre-season matches.
2018 National Performance Squad
Jack Edwards, NSW, 18
Cameron Green, WA, 18
Ryan Hadley, NSW, 19
Baxter Holt, NSW, 18
Nathan McSweeney, QLD, 19
Jonathan Merlo, VIC, 19
Joshua Philippe, WA, 20
Lloyd Pope, SA, 18
Chad Sammut, NSW, 19
Jake Weatherald, SA, 23