MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC – Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce has been included in a Cricket Australia XI to face touring West Indies in a four-day warm-up game in Brisbane starting next Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Boyce has already played five Twenty20 Internationals for Australia and Cricket Australia’s national talent manager Greg Chappell said the game would be excellent experience for the up-and-coming player.
“A number of the squad have represented Australia at various levels, most notably Cameron Boyce in T20 Internationals,” Chappell said.
“Cameron impressed for Australia A in last year’s four-day matches against India A and this is a good opportunity for him to continue developing his red-ball game against the West Indies Test outfit.”
He continued: “Players like Matthew Short, Jordan Silk, Tom Andrews, Nick Stevens and Michael Neser have been coming up through the ranks for a while and the West Indies side will provide another good challenge for these young players to impress.”
The game will be the only tour match before the Jason Holder-led West Indies take on Australia in the first of three Tests starting in Hobart on December 10.
A young squad, the CA XI will be led by 23-year-old James Peirson, a former Australia Under-19 player, and Chappell said the contest would also provide him with a great chance to develop his leadership abilities.
“A newer look West Indies side will provide some great experience for this CA XI which includes a mixture of those who have represented Australia and some exciting talent emerging through state ranks,” Chappell said.
“This will be a good leadership opportunity for James Peirson who most recently played in the CA XI squad in the Matador One Day Cup, and has also represented Australia in the Under 19’s squad.”
SQUAD – James Peirson (captain), Jordan Silk, Jake Carder, Nick Stevens, Josh Inglis, Matthew Short, Tom Andrews, Michael Neser, Ryan Sidebottom, Cameron Boyce, Ryan Lees, James Bazley (12th man).