The Gilchrist XII features the best under-19s talent in Australia, for Tuesday's BBL curtain-raiser against the Ponting XII at the SCG.
The match will begin at 2pm, and will be live-streamed and live-scored via www.cricket.com.au
Will Pucovski (C)
Age: 18 | Skill: RHB | State: VIC | Club: Melbourne
U19 Champs | Runs: 650 | Av: 162.5 | SR: 89.5 | 100s: 4 | 50s: 1
Victorian run-machine Will Pucovski enters this match as the most in-form batsman in the country. With five tons in his last eight hits - four at the Under 19 National Championships and one for Melbourne CC’s 1st XI - the classy right-hander will be one of the keys with the bat for the Gilchrist XII. Pucovski can score to all parts of the ground, and looks especially strong on the cut, drive, or off his pads.
Age: 17 | Skill: RHB, RAM | State: QLD | Club: Gold Coast
U19 Champs | Runs: 272 | Av: 34 | SR: 138.1 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 1
A powerful opening batsman, Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat rookie Max Bryant is the X-Factor at the top of the order. He models his game on Australian vice-captain David Warner, and a superb knock of 140 off just 75 balls - including 14 fours and eight sixes - at the Under 19 National Championships highlighted his ability to find the fence (or clear it) regularly.
Age: 17 | Skill: RHB | State: WA | Club: Willetton
U19 Champs | Runs: 332 | Av: 47.43 | SR: 68.5 | 50s: 2
Western Australia’s under-19s title-winning skipper Aaron Hardie looks a class act with the bat, having barely missed out - averaging 47.43 per innings - at the Under 19 National Championships. A tall, powerful right-hander who can flick between gears when necessary, and knows how to clear the fence.
Age: 18 | Skill: RHB, RAOS | State: NSW | Club: Fairfield-Liverpool
U19 Champs | Runs: 370 | Av: 61.67 | SR: 73.9 | 50s: 3 | Wickets: 7 | Av: 35.7 | Econ: 4.4
New South Wales product Param Uppal was one of the stars of the Under 19 National Championships, averaging more than 60 as a top-order batsman while also contributing handy overs with his off-spin. Likes to take the game on, and could be used as an opener or through the middle order, while his bowling will add another element of variety for the Gilchrist XII.
Age: 18 | Skill: LHB, LAM | State: SA | Club: Roopena
U19 Champs | Runs: 359 | Av: 59.83 | SR: 86.1 | 50s: 4 | Wickets: 8 | Av: 21.8 | Econ: 4.0
The epitome of consistency at the Under 19 National Championships, South Australia’s Ben Pengelley performed day-in, day-out, despite his team’s inconsistency. A left-handed batsman who scores quickly, Pengelley not only scored four half-centuries, but also made an impact as a medium-pace bowler who can tie down the opposition.
Age: 17 | Skill: RHB, RAF | State: WA | Club: Claremont Nedlands
U19 Champs | Runs: 233 | Av: 38.83 | SR: 73.3 | 50s: 2 | Wickets: 4 | Av: 31 | Econ: 4.9
Hailing from South Africa, allrounder Bradley Hope was a welcome addition to Western Australia’s title-winning under-19s team. An exciting talent, Hope is an aggressive, hard-hitting right-handed batsman who also generates serious pace as a right-arm fast bowler.
Age: 17 | Skill: LHB, WK | State: ACT | Club: Western District-UC
U19 Champs | Runs: 322 | Av: 40.25 | SR: 75.2 | 50s: 3
ACT ‘keeper-batsman Matthew Gilkes likes to take the game on, and whether he slots in up the order in the talented Gilchrist XII remains to be seen. As a positive, left-handed bat who dons the gloves, perhaps it’s fitting that Gilkes finds himself in the team named after the great Adam Gilchrist. He scored three 50s at the Under 19 National Championships - including one in the final, highlighting his class with the bat.
Age: 18 | Skill: RHB, RALS | State: TAS | Club: Lindisfarne
U19 Champs | Runs: 177 | Av: 22.13 | SR: 58.6 | 50s: 1 | Wickets: 6 | Av: 59.5 | Econ: 5.0
Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes rookie Mac Wright is well-suited to the T20 game, as a spin-bowling allrounder and an excellent fielder. An ACT product before signing with Tasmania, Wright didn’t have an enormous impact during the Under 19 National Championships, but with a number of variations will be looking forward to teaming up with fellow leggie Dylan Mullen.
Age: 18 | Skill: RALS, RHB | State: NT | Club: Valleys
U19 Champs | Wickets: 12 | Av: 24.67 | Econ: 4.87 | Runs: 121 | Av: 17.29 | SR: 56.3
One of two leg-spinners in the Gilchrist XI, Northern Territory skipper Dylan Mullen will be looking to build on a strong Under 19 National Championships. His side went winless through the campaign, but he managed to pick up 12 wickets at a shade under 25 to be among the competition’s leading spin bowlers.
Age: 18 | Skill: RAF, RHB | State: QLD | Club: Gold Coast
U19 Champs | Wickets: 12 | Av: 20.25 | Econ: 4.31
Queensland Bulls rookie Xavier Bartlett is arguably one of the most exciting talents coming through the ranks. This summer, he’s lined up for the Cricket Australia XI in the Matador BBQs Cup - picking up wickets including Ed Cowan and Nic Maddinson - and also opened the bowling in a tour game against South Africa. A right arm fast bowler, Bartlett is a proven wicket-taker who will trouble the Ponting XII’s best bats.
Age: 18 | Skill: RAF, RHB | State: NSW | Club: Blacktown
U19 Champs | Wickets: 9 | Av: 24.56 | Econ: 4.16
A tall fast bowler from New South Wales, there are shades of Josh Hazlewood about Blacktown product Ryan Hadley. Standing at 195 centimetres tall, Hadley can generate plenty of bounce, but also poses a threat as someone who can swing the new ball. Picked up nine wickets during the Under 19 National Championships, maintaining a tight economy.
Age: 17 | Skill: RAF, RHB | State: NSW | Club: Port Kembla
U19 Champs | Wickets: 15 | Av: 22.53 | Econ: 4.49
An exciting product from regional New South Wales, Jason Ralston has the pace to hurry the best batsmen. As a bottom age player at this year’s Under 19 National Championships, the right-arm quick picked up 15 wickets to help lead ACT/NSW Country into the final.