Max nails spot in World Cup squad
FORMER Far North Coast cricket- er Max Bryant has been named in the Australian preliminary squad for the Under-19 ICC World Cup in New Zealand next year.
Bryant played for Cudgen and represented North Coast before going on to be selected in the Australian Under-17 team.
Former Lennox Head wicketkeeper-batsman Lewin Maladay was the only player from the Australian Under-19 team that beat Sri Lanka in April not to be included in the squad.
He misses out based on age and has been in Brisbane recently training full-time with the Australian National Performance Squad.
Bryant opens the batting for the Gold Coast Dolphins in Brisbane grade cricket and recently represented the Cricket Australia XI in the JLT Cup domestic one-day tournament.
He is one of three players from the team selected in the initial World Cup saquad of 28.
"There's some exceptional talent coming through the Pathways and it really is going to be a tough task to narrow it down,” CA pathways manager Graham Manou said.
"In this preliminary squad, we have a really good balance of batting and bowling talent and plenty of players with strong all-round capabilities, including guys like Cameron Green, Will Sutherland and Param Uppal, who have all had a taste of domestic cricket in the past 12 months.
"These players have been identified by the state talent managers over their efforts at previous events - the Under-19 international series against Sri Lanka in April, last summer's Under-17 and Under-19 national championships, rookie camps and performances at club and premier cricket.
"Representing Australia is a huge honour, and the next six weeks is about our Under-19 players continuing to put strong performances on the board to push their case for selection, culminating with the Under-19 national championships in Tasmania in early December.”