Handscomb to lead CA XI against Windies
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) — Test batsman Peter Handscomb has been named to captain a 12-man Cricket Australia squad announced by national selectors to face West Indies in a three-day match starting next week in Adelaide.
The 32-year-old played the last of his 20 Tests last March against India, and is the only player in the squad with any international experience.
Handscomb’s Victorian teammate, 22-year-old Doug Warren, has been included in the squad while 20-year-old pacer Jack Nisbet of New South Wales will also feature.
Selectors have also opted for the Western Australia trio of Jayden Goodwin, Liam Haskett and Teague Wyllie and the Tasmania trio of Jake Doran, Bradley Hope and Tim Ward.
“CA XI matches provide an excellent opportunity for some of our up-and-coming players on the domestic scene to face international opposition as well as rewarding consistent performers,” said chief selector George Bailey.
“The mix of the squad combines players who are well established at first-class level with those who are also just starting out at the level. The squad selected consists of players currently not playing in the Big Bash League.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for recent Sheffield Shield debutants like Liam Haskett, Jack Nisbet and Doug Warren to play alongside and learn from established domestic cricketers and against a touring international side.”
The Kraigg Brathwaite-captained West Indies arrived Down Under a week ago in preparation for their two-Test series from January 17-29 in Adelaide and Brisbane.
The tour game bowls off January 10 at Karen Rolton Oval.
Squads: Cricket Australia – Peter Handscomb (captain), Jack Clayton, Harry Conway, Jake Doran, Jayden Goodwin, Liam Haskett, Bradley Hope, Jack Nisbet, Liam Scott, Tim Ward, Doug Warren, Teague Wyllie.