Cricket: South Perth’s Bevilaqua heads trio of WA players in Cricket Australia XI to face England at Richardson Park

Clint Hinchliffe. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Josh Philippe. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Clint Hinchliffe. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Josh Philippe. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

THREE talented West Aussies will get the chance to take on England as part of the Cricket Australia XI at Richardson Park this weekend.

South Perth product Alex Bevilaqua will get to play on home turf alongside Bayswater Morley keeper Josh Philippe and Joondalup’s Clint Hinchliffe.

The 12-player squad will be coached by National Specialist Skills Program spin coach and Queensland Bulls assistant coach John Davison with assistance from former Australia opener Chris Rogers.

Cricket Australia national talent manager and national selector Greg Chappell said they wanted to field as strong a side as possible, so it was pleasing to have a number of players involved with first-class and domestic one-day experience.

“On the batting front, Travis Dean and Jake Doran both have first-class hundreds to their name, while a number of up-and-coming players such as Clint Hinchliffe and Jake Winter also get a chance to shine” he said.

“Josh Philippe from WA impressed in his last match against England, when he scored 88, and he will take the gloves, allowing Jake Doran and Sam Harper to focus on their batting.

“Gabe Bell is a young player who has performed well in the Sheffield Shield this season, and this is a great opportunity for him, while there is plenty of variety on the spin-bowling front with Clint Hinchliffe, Mac Wright and Michael Cormack.”

Cricket Australia XI squad: Gabe Bell (Tas), Alex Bevilaqua (WA), Nick Buchanan (Tas), Michael Cormack (SA), Travis Dean (Vic), Jake Doran (Tas), Sam Harper (Vic), Clint Hinchliffe (WA), Jackson Koop (Vic), Josh Philippe (WA), Jake Winter (SA), Mac Wright (Tas).

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