Cricket Australia: Wanneroo’s Matt Spoors only WA player in Aus U19s side

Batsman Matthew Spoors in action.
Batsman Matthew Spoors in action.

WANNEROO batsman Matthew Spoors will be the only WA cricketer in the Australian under-19s side when it faces Sri Lanka in Tasmania this month.

The 17-year-old’s selection comes off the back of a solid performance for WA’s under-19s contingent, which won the national championship last year.

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Spoors’ all-round abilities stood out in the eight games of the tournament, with the teenager scoring 153 runs and taking 11 wickets at an average of 19.82runs per scalp.

His best figures of 4-21 came against Tasmania in the sixth game of the campaign.

Locally, Spoors scored 277 runs across 10 games for Wanneroo’s top men’s side in the WA Premier Cricket competition this season.

National talent manager Greg Chappell said it was an important series as selectors looked ahead to next year’s under-19 World Cup.

“This is a young under-19s squad, with every player except wicketkeeper Lewin Maladay eligible for selection for the World Cup,” he said. “We expect that this team will be extremely competitive against Sri Lanka.”

Australia will play one three-day match and five one-day matches beginning April 8.