Morgan flies flag for WA |in under-19 World Cup

Jaron Morgan in action for Joondalup.
Jaron Morgan in action for Joondalup.

Morgan (18), who is on the Perth Scorchers’ supplementary player list, made the final 15 ahead of four other West Australians selected for the initial 30-man squad.

The South African-born left-hander looks destined for the professional ranks, having become a regular performer on the international youth cricketing scene.

He starred with a century as Australia’s captain against Zimbabwe during the team’s tour of India in September and October last year.

Following the tour, the big-hitting wicket keeper-batsman was called up as 12th man when WA drew with Victoria in its opening Sheffield Shield match at the MCG earlier this season.

As a 16-year-old, he top-scored with 47 in his WACA first grade debut for Joondalup in an innings where the Centurions made just 144 on a tricky Fremantle wicket.

WACA talent manager Brett Jones said Morgan had worked hard in the past 12 months to harness his raw talent.

‘The World Cup represents a great opportunity for him to be exposed to a higher standard and further develop his game,’ he said.

The Australian squad heads to Sri Lanka at the end of the month to play three warm-up games, before taking on Namibia in its opening World Cup clash in Abu Dhabi on February 15.