Beckett the Comet to represent Australia

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Talented ACT Comets fast bowler Lain Beckett will tour Sri Lanka with the Australian under 19 male squad in September.

The right arm fast bowler who made his ACT Comets debut last year capturing 2-7 against Victoria, will be the first ACT player to represent the Australian U19’s since current Queensland Bulls player Jason Floros did in 2009.

The 15-player squad is a showcase of Australia’s top emerging talent and the squad will play Sri Lanka’s U19 squad across five one-day matches and one three-day match in Colombo.

Commenting on the squad chosen, CA National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said: “We are delighted to tour Sri Lanka and continue our relationship with Sri Lanka Cricket’s development squads.

“This tour to Sri Lanka will be the first time some of our squad have been exposed to sub-continental conditions and will be a great learning opportunity.

Australia’s U19 tour to Sri Lanka continues Cricket Australia’s player pathway development program which is designed to test emerging players in a variety of conditions in order to prepare them for similar challenges faced at international level.

The squad will be coached by CA’s High Performance Coach Graeme Hick and John Davison, Cricket Australia’s spin coach, will be assistant coach. Davison spent time in June working with Nathan Lyon, Muthiah Muralidaran and a group of young development players in Sri Lanka as part of the National Cricket Centre Spin Program.

The team will assemble in Brisbane on 20 September and will depart for Colombo, Sri Lanka the following day.

Beckett who represented the ACT U19’s at the Cricket Australia National Championships at Hobart in December 2013, gained selection in the U19 Team of the Championship. He was also awarded an indigenous cricket scholarship by Cricket Australia and attended the Australian U18 National Talent camp in Brisbane in April earlier this year.

It will be a very busy September for Beckett who was last week named in the 2014-15 National Indigenous squad, which will tour Darwin for a top end cricket carnival next month.

The National Indigenous team will play a combination of 50-over and Twenty20 matches against sides representing ICC East Asia Pacific, Papua New Guinea and the Northern Territory from 13 – 19 September in Darwin.

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