Melbourne, Jul 3: Australia, on Tuesday, announced the final 15-player squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup which will be held in Queensland in August. Fast bowler Pat Cummins, who was named in the provisional squad, has not made it due to injury.
Cummins was ruled out of the current Australia tour of England due to sustaining a side strain in the first ODI at Lord's last Friday.
The 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup squad will be out to retain the crown won by the Mitchell Marsh led team in New Zealand two years ago, aiming to make it Australia's fourth title as the pinnacle event for youth cricket, a media release from Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday.
It will be the second time Australia has hosted the tournament, since the inaugural event in 1988, with the 2012 competition to be held in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Townsville with Australia's campaign officially getting under way against rival England on 11 August.
Commenting on the squad, National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said; "The Youth Selection Panel (YSP) has been monitoring players closely and I believe we have a squad that has the talent to go well in a tournament that brings together the best underage cricket talent from around the world.
"We've closely scrutinised recent National Championships and have held a number of series against international competition in recent times to get a good look at the group of players we have been monitoring before finalising the group of 15 for the World Cup."
Stuart Law, who will coach the team under his new role as High Performance Coach at the CA Centre of Excellence, said he was looking forward to taking Australia's next young stars onto the global stage.
"The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is the pinnacle for players at this age level," Law said.
"You only have to look back at the last couple of tournaments to see the quick progress some players have made.
"India's 2008 captain Virat Kohli is now established at international level, while we've seen 2010 Australian representatives Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood quickly advance to an opportunity within the Australian team in limited overs cricket."
The ICC Under-19 World Cup will be held in Queensland in August with the first matches getting under way on August 11 when Australia will take on rival England at Tony Ireland Stadium (TIS) in Townsville.
The ICC U-19 World Cup final will be played on 26 August at Tony Ireland Stadium.
Prior to the ICC U-19 World Cup, Australia will play Pakistan in a head-to-head series on the Gold Coast.
The Australia U-19 World Cup squad: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, William Bosisto, Meyrick Buchanan, Harry Conway, Sam Hain, Travis Head, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, James Peirson, Gurinder Sandhu, Mark Steketee, Nicholas Stevens, Ashton Turner, Jack Wildermuth.