NSW name teen paceman in young team to face NZealand

Published: Monday, November 10, 2008, 16:05 [IST]
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New South Wales will blood 17-year-old paceman Josh Hazlewood in their second-youngest ever team for New Zealand's opening cricket tour game starting here on Thursday.

Hazlewood will add even more youth to an already young team that includes 19-year-olds Phillip Hughes and Steven Smith.

The average age of the 12-man squad is just 22 years 187 days, making it the second-youngest in the state's history.

NSW are without their international contingent, pacemen Stuart Clark, Brett Lee, batsmen Simon Katich and Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

They will still have two Australian representatives in their squad to face New Zealand, spinners Beau Casson and Nathan Hauritz.

The four-day match will give outstanding young opening batsman Hughes an opportunity to test himself against an international attack.

Left-hander Hughes is averaging 52 from 12 first-class games.

The Kiwis are using the game as preparation for the first of two Tests against Australia, starting at Brisbane's Gabba ground on November 20.

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