TWO Rockingham-Mandurah Mariners cricketers have been selected for the Australian under-16 team to play against Pakistan in Dubai next month.
Damien Burrage and Jordan Clark will join 15 other players from around Australia in the one-day series.
Cricket Australia’s national talent manager Greg Chappell said the squad was beginning to take the opportunities that were present as part of the newly revamped Cricket Australia Pathway.
“Selection in this squad and the ensuing tours are just more opportunities for the country’s top-performing youth to experience elite level cricket,” Chappell said.
Burrage has been in good form with the Mariners, notching up his first Premier Cricket half century against Mt Lawley recently.
He top scored with 59 from 92 deliveries, an innings that included four boundaries and a six.
Clark claimed two quick wickets in the second grade match against Mt Lawley and a superb 4-48 against Subiaco-Floreat earlier this month.
The under-16 squad will train at the National Cricket Centre before competing in the under-17 national championships, and will then head to Dubai to take on Pakistan in a limited-overs series.
Last year’s inaugural squad produced Newcastle batsman Jason Sangha, who advanced through from the 15 and Under National Championships to be selected for the Australia under-19 squad, touring Dubai and scoring a century on youth debut.