Young Melville cricket talent selected in Cricket Australia under-16 squad

Melville cricket Ewan Nielson (front row, second from right) is one of two West Australians selected in the Cricket Australia Under-16s squad.
Melville cricket Ewan Nielson (front row, second from right) is one of two West Australians selected in the Cricket Australia Under-16s squad.

MELVILLE talent Ewan Nielson has been rewarded for a standout performance in the School Sport Australia 15 and Under National Championships with selection to the Cricket Australia Under-16s squad.

Nielson was Western Australia’s leading wicket-taker at the championships with eight scalps from four games, including a five-wicket haul against ACT.

The 14-player Australian squad features some of the best talent from the tournament, as chosen by the Youth Selection Panel, plus four standby players.

Nielson is joined in the squad by fellow WA product Michael Herbst, who claimed four wickets in four games with an economy rate of 2.52.

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South-West youngster Jayden Goodwin, son of former WA and Zimbabwe batsman Murray, scored 152 runs and has been selected as a standby.

Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said he was pleased with the standard of cricket on display throughout the championship

“The selection of this team was a challenging one, as there was such a good spread of talent across all teams and plenty of competition for places,” he said.

“This squad will form the Cricket Australia XI for next summer’s Under-17 National Championships, and we look forward to these players testing themselves against an older age group at a higher level of competition.”

An international series for this Australia under-16s squad is yet to be confirmed, but likely take place in early 2018.