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Two Victorians named in 2017 National Performance Squad

Up and coming Victorian’s Jackson Coleman and Tom O’Donnell have been selected in Cricket Australia’s 2017 National Performance Squad.

The team features Australia’s best emerging cricketers, and has previously featured the likes of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Steve Smith, David Warner, and more recently, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Hilton Cartwright – all of whom have gone on to make their debuts for Australia having been exposed to international playing and training environments through the program.

Coleman, a left-arm quick, made his debut for Victoria during the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup last October where took three wickets against South Australia.

In the same tournament, O’Donnell, another left-armer, represented the Cricket Australia XI, and also took three wickets against South Australia.

Tom O'Donnell appeals for one of his three wickets against South Australia in the 2016 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.

Tom O’Donnell appeals for one of his three wickets against South Australia in the 2016 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.

The pair both took on South Africa during their tour of Australia as well with Coleman, for the Victoria XI, taking two wickets at the MCG including the prized scalp of captain Faf du Plessis, while O’Donnell, for the Cricket Australia XI, took three Proteas wickets at the Adelaide Oval.

Jackson Coleman celebrates one of his wickets against South Africa at the MCG with Victorian teammates.

Jackson Coleman celebrates one of his wickets against South Africa at the MCG with Victorian teammates.

The squad will spend more than three months at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, under the tutelage of National Performance Program Head Coach Troy Cooley and newly appointed High Performance Coaches Matthew Elliott and Ryan Harris.

National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said:

“There is a wealth of talent in this squad, and a nice balance between players with domestic experience pushing to play for Australia in the near future, and players who we believe can make the step up from underage championships, to domestic level and hopefully international cricket over the next couple of years.”

National Performance Program Head Coach Troy Cooley said:

“With the facilities we have, we can replicate Indian conditions and Australian conditions, and it really is a good opportunity for both batsmen and bowlers to develop their game outdoors in the sun.”

“We’ve done some excellent work with the State Talent Managers and the National Selection Panel to select this squad, and we have another talented group of young players.”

“Our role in this important pathway program is to value-add to the hard work the States are doing with these players.

The program is designed to add to the work done within state systems, and prepare players capable of competing at international level for Australia within the next five years.

The program will wrap up with a competition phase, with the National Performance Squad to play a match against the National Indigenous Squad on 28 August, Papua New Guinea on 1 September and a number of matches against State sides during September.

2017 National Performance Squad

Alex Carey, SA

Jackson Coleman, VIC

Michael Cormack, SA

Brendan Doggett, QLD

Jake Doran, TAS

Daniel Fallins, NSW

Jordan Gauci, NSW

Ryan Gibson, NSW

Ryan Hadley, NSW

Josh Inglis, WA

Marnus Labuschagne, QLD

Lewin Maladay, NSW

Ben McDermott, TAS

Tom O’Donnell, VIC

Ben Pengelley, SA

Henry Thornton, NSW

Param Uppal, NSW

Mac Wright, TAS