Three more additions to Australian Academy

Published: Saturday, April 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Brisbane:The 18th batch of the Australian Academy at Allan Border Field saw the induction of three more first-class players.

New South Wales batsman James Packman, who played in the Pura Cup final victory, Tasmania's David Dawson and South Australian Ryan Harris, were the three additions to the 23-man squad.

The players in the Australian Institute of Sport program will undergo an intense 13-week course followed by which a 14-man squad will be picked in July for a three-week tour to Bangalore and Chennai.

Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence was a pivotal component for Australia's aspiring cricketers. "It forms an integral part of the pathway to help these talented players refine their skills and prepare for the next step in their career," he said. "For some that may culminate in representing their country."

Ever since the course started in 1988, there have been 240 inductees with Shane Watson being the last Academy graduate to figure in a Test while James Hopes, the Queensland all-rounder, wore the national colours in the abridged version of the game.

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