Australia’s national performance squad to tour India

A 14-member Australian team will train under Glenn McGrath in Chennai, and play limited-overs matches.

Ben McDermott had a breakthrough domestic season last summer, and will be part of the squad. Photo: Getty Images

A 14-member Australian national performance squad will travel to India to train under Glenn McGrath in Chennai, Cricket Australia announced on Monday. The squad, coached by former Test opener Chris Rogers, includes star Big Bash League batsmen Ben McDermott and Josh Philippe.

The visiting team will play three one-day games and as many T20 matches against teams from the MRF Academy in Chennai, starting later this week. McDermott and Philippe enjoyed breakout seasons at domestic level last summer and they will be joined in the squad by leg-spinners Lloyd Pope and Daniel Fallins as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis.

'Mutually beneficial relationship'

“Australian Cricket has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the MRF Foundation for 26 years and we value the chance to take some of our young players to India to give them the chance to stretch themselves under match conditions,” CA Pathways Manager Graham Manou said.

Read | Smith like a computer, says Waugh

Australian fast bowling great McGrath, the director of the MRF Pace Foundation, will offer his valuable advice to the next generation of Australian players. “The pace bowlers will also have the opportunity to interact with Glenn who has a wealth of knowledge about bowling and can certainly assist them to expand their skills,” Manou said.

Squad
  • Tom Andrews, Oliver Davies, Dan Fallins, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Cameron Green, Ryan Hadley, Aaron Hardie, Lachlan Hearne, Josh Inglis, Ben McDermott, Jonathon Merlo, Todd Murphy, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope.