Dubai: Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named in Australia’s provisional squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Queensland in August. Cummins, 19, was recently recalled to the senior team for the one-day matches against England and Ireland this month, having recovered from a five-and-a-half-month injury layoff.
Cummins made an outstanding start to his Test career in November 2011, when he took seven wickets and was Man of the Match on debut in Australia's victory over South Africa in Johannesburg. However, he has not played international cricket since then due to a bone stress injury in his foot.
West Indies have named Kraigg Brathwaite, who has played nine Test matches for the senior team since making his debut against Pakistan last year, in their provisional squad. Apart from the selection of these two players, Namibia and New Zealand have confirmed their 15-man squads, while England, Ireland and Scotland have named their captains for the tournament.
Kent batsman Adam Ball will lead England, left-arm spinner George Dockrell will captain Ireland and Scotland will be skippered by allrounder Paddy Sadler. New Zealand will be led by batsman Will Young, who made his first-class debut for Central Districts in March. South African-born Steve Baard will lead Namibia.
The ninth edition of the U-19 World Cup will take place in Queensland from August 11-26 with Australia defending the title it won after defeating Pakistan in the final of the previous event in New Zealand two years ago.