Following the Cricket Australia Under 18 National Female Cricket Championships in Ballarat earlier this season, the best and brightest female talents were selected in an extremely exciting Australia Under 19 squad that has crossed the Tasman to take on a New Zealand Development squad.
Competing in three 50-over matches and one Twenty20, it's a fairly hectic schedule for these young girls as they look to make a name for themselves in the green and gold.
Here’s a look at the squad members that will embark on the tour.
State: New South Wales
Role: RHB, ROS
Teams: NSW Metro, Northern District Cricket Club
Forming half of the lethal spin duo that left opposition teams clueless throughout the national championships, Afaras was a consistent performer from start to finish for NSW Metro and deserves a place on her first international tour. Claiming the mantle as the championships premier bowler with 20 wickets at an average of 9.25, Afaras thrives by consistently challenging batters with her good line and length and varying her flight and speed. She is also a very handy lower order batter, that when required can score some very handy runs to close an innings.
State: South Australia
Role: RHB, RAF
Teams: South Australia, Northern Districts Cricket Club
One of the youngest players on the tour, Darcie Brown showed glimpses of her immense potential with an excellent under 18 championships campaign. Taking the new ball, Brown is a traditional fast bowler who’s pace and consistency makes life tough for opposition batters. Claiming seven wickets in the championships at an average of 23.43, the sky is the limit for Brown as she looks to develop into a international level fast bowler.
State: New South Wales
Role: RHB, RAF
Teams: NSW Metro, Universities, Sydney Sixers
Joining the under 19 tour squad for the second straight year, Stella Campbell has proven herself to be one of the most exciting fast bowling prospects in Australian cricket with standout performances at club, state and international level. Claiming 12 wickets at an average of 13.6 in the 2017 championships, Campbell wasn’t quite at her best with the ball in 2019 claiming just four wickets. However, with international experience and immense raw talent, Campbell will without a doubt play a key role for the side in New Zealand as one of the leaders of the bowling attack.
State: New South Wales
Role: RHB, WK
Teams: NSW Metro, Universities
Embarking on her second Australia Under 19’s tour, wicket keeper batter Maddy Darke will play a key role for the side following an extremely successful national championships campaign. Opening the batting for NSW Metro, Darke would score an impressive 252 runs at 25.2 with her power hitting and high batting IQ features of her game. She is also incredibly tidy behind the stumps, claiming ten stumpings and six catches for the tournament.
Role: RHB, RAM
Teams: NSW Metro, Campbelltown Camden, Sydney Thunder
NSW Metro captain Hannah Darlington returns to the Australian Under 19 squad for the second straight year after an exceptional under 18’s championship where she led her side to the 50 over title. Performance wise, the Sydney Thunder rookie proved herself as one of the brightest young stars in Australian cricket, claiming 16 wickets at an average of 9.4 with the ball and hitting 164 runs at an average of 13.7 with the bat.
Role: RHB, WK
Teams: Queensland Fire, Wests, Brisbane Heat
Recently becoming a WBBL champion with the Brisbane Heat, wicket keeper batter Josephine Dooley returns to the Australian Under 19 squad following an extremely successful 2018/19 season. Sporting an impressive WBBL record of 137 runs at an average of 22.33, Dooley is one of the most entertaining batters in the nation, as she uses her strength to consistently punish opposition bowlers. One of the older members in the squad, Dooley will be a crucial leader of the side as a top order batsman and wicketkeeper throughout the tour.
Teams: Victoria Metro, Victoria Spirit, Melbourne Stars, Dandenong Cricket Club
An accomplished young wicket keeper that provides handy lower order runs, Nicole Faltum continues to grow as an exciting prospect following her second WBBL season with the Melbourne Stars. Renowned for her excellent glove work, Faltum is a welcome addition to this young squad with the 19 year old set to take on a larger role with the bat and lead from the front behind the stumps.
Role: RHB, ROS
Teams: Queensland Fire, Valley, Brisbane Heat
A talented off spinning all rounder, Charli Knott embarks on her first international with the Australian Under 19’s after a standout under 18’s championships campaign. Opening the batting for Queensland, Knott would end up being the competitions eighth highest run scoring, hitting an impressive 257 at an average of 28.56. With the ball she was equally as impressive, claiming 11 wickets at 16.91 as she solidified herself as a genuine all rounder.
Role: RHB, RWS
Teams: Cricket Australia XI, ACT/NSW Country, Parramatta
The premier batter of the recent under 18 championships, 15 year old Phoebe Litchfield is a future star in the making. Hitting 348 runs at 43.50, bowlers could not stop the CA XI prodigy, with her incredible 103 against Victoria Country in particular a preview of the class and skill Litchfield possesses. Renowned for her excellent technique and ability to read the situation of the game, it will be exciting to see Litchfield take her game to the next level on the international stage.
Teams: NSW Metro, Parramatta, Sydney Sixers
Becoming the youngest ever Australian Under 19’s squad member at 14 on last year’s tour of South Africa, powerful opening batsman Hayley Silver-Holmes returns to the squad following an outstanding 2018/19 season. Making her WBBL debut at the beginning of the season, Silver-Holmes has already played 14 matches at age 15, providing the team with handy lower order hitting and part time bowling. She would also show her immense talent in the recent under 18 championships, where in just six innings she scored 125 runs at an average of 26.75.
Role: LHB, RAF
Teams: Queensland, Western Suburbs, Brisbane Heat
The third Queenslander included in the squad, talented all rounder Courtney Sippel takes her place on the under 19’s tour of New Zealand after a brilliant two weeks at the under 18 national championships. Taking the new ball for Queensland, Sippel would use her pace and swing to good effect as she constantly pressured opposition top orders to claim 11 wickets at an average of 13.45. However, it would be with the bat where she really thrived, providing excellent power and poise in the middle order to end up being the competitions tenth highest scorer with 249 runs at 27.67.
Teams: Victoria Metro, Prahran, Melbourne Stars
A regular contributor with the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL, Annabel Sutherland will provide the side with a soothing influence at the top of the order as she continues her rise up the ranks of Australian cricket. A technically sound number three, Sutherland has consistently produced good performances at club, state and international level to be regarded as one of the country’s brightest young stars. The class of Sutherland was on display for all to see at the recent under 18 championships, where in just four innings she piled on an astounding 166 runs, which included a breathtaking 102 against Western Australia in the penultimate round of the 50 over competition.
Teams: ACT/NSW Country, Wagga City, Sydney Thunder
A talented leg spin bowler, Trenaman thrives on her sharp turn, varying flight and ability to change the game with ball in hand. Earning a place in the Sydney Thunder squad for WBBL04, Trenaman quickly rose up the ranks to make her debut mid season where she would have an immediate impact claiming figures of 2-11 on debut. Along with her prodigious talent with the ball, Trenaman is also a capable batter having produced excellent performances at the top of the order for both New South Wales and the Australian Under 19’s on last year’s tour of South Africa.
Teams: NSW Metro, St George-Sutherland, Sydney Sixers
An exciting top order batter, Tahlia Wilson returns to the Australian Under 19 squad following a breakthrough season where she made her debut for both the NSW Breakers and Sydney Sixers. Blessed with the ability to hit the ball hard, Wilson has been no stranger to blowing away opposition bowling attacks in recent years at both club and state level. Scoring 284 runs at an impressive average of 40.57 in the 2017 under 18 championships, it is clear that Wilson is one of the top young batting prospects in Australian cricket and should play a key role in the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
Australia Under 19 Tour of New Zealand
12 March, New Zealand Emerging vs Australian Under 19’s, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln (50-overs)
14 March, New Zealand Emerging vs Australian Under 19’s, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln (50-overs)
16 March, New Zealand Emerging vs Australian Under 19’s, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln (50-overs)
17 March, New Zealand Emerging vs Australian Under 19’s, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln (T20)