Cricket Australia‘s National Selection Panel (NSP) has revealed a formidable 12-man squad for the upcoming three-day tour match pitting Australia XI against the West Indies. The game is scheduled to take place from Wednesday, January 10, to Friday, January 12, at Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide.
Handscomb to Lead the Charge
In a strategic move, Peter Handscomb has been named the captain of the Cricket Australia XI squad. The decision comes after Handscomb opted out of the current Big Bash League season, aiming to focus on regaining form and fitness for the Sheffield Shield in February. His leadership will be crucial as the team gears up to face the West Indies in a challenging encounter.
The squad is a blend of experienced players and emerging talents from various states. Handscomb’s Victorian teammate, Doug Warren, finds a spot in the lineup, showcasing the depth and diversity of talent in Australian cricket. Notably, Western Australia and Tasmania contribute three players each to the squad, with South Australia represented by Harry Conway and Liam Scott. New South Wales and Queensland have one player each in the mix.
Exciting Opportunity for Young Talent
One of the notable inclusions is the rising speedster Jack Nisbet from New South Wales. The 20-year-old quick has earned his spot based on impressive performances in the Sheffield Shield, where he has taken 11 wickets in three appearances. Nisbet’s debut against South Australia saw him secure figures of 1/72 and 5/53, further solidifying his position in the squad. Having represented Australia at the 2022 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, Nisbet brings youth and dynamism to the team.
Commenting on the squad selection, NSP Chair of Selectors George Bailey expressed enthusiasm, stating, “It’s an exciting opportunity for recent Sheffield Shield debutants like Liam Haskett, Jack Nisbet, and Doug Warren to play alongside and learn from established domestic cricketers and against a touring international side. Peter Handscomb will captain the CA XI and will have strong support from other proven leaders within the squad.”
As anticipation builds for the tour match, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the clash between Australia XI and the West Indies, providing a platform for both established stars and emerging talents to showcase their prowess on the field.
CA XI squad:
Peter Handscomb (VIC – St Kilda Cricket Club) (c)
Jack Clayton (QLD – University of Queensland Cricket Club)
Harry Conway (SA – Glenelg District Cricket Club)
Jake Doran (TAS – University of Tasmania Cricket Club)
Jayden Goodwin (WA – Subiaco-Floreat Cricket Club)
Liam Haskett (WA – Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club)
Bradley Hope (TAS – University of Tasmania Cricket Club)
Jack Nisbet (NSW – Mosman Cricket Club)
Liam Scott (SA – Glenelg District Cricket Club)
Tim Ward (TAS – University of Tasmania Cricket Club)
Doug Warren (VIC – Melbourne University Cricket Club)
Teague Wyllie (WA – Rockingham Mandurah Cricket Club)
Head Coach: Adam Griffith
Assistant Coach – Batting: Mark Cosgrove
Assistant Coach – Bowling: Chadd Sayers