Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014
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SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 SPORT 57 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Aussies have a chance to make huge impact CAMERON White singled out the word opportunity when asked about the importance of the next 14 days in Darwin when analysing the immediate playing futures of the Australia A players. The Aussies meet strong A sides from India and South Africa in 50-over matches across Darwin, with the next generation of players under the ban ner of National Performance Squad also waiting for them. Its a great opportunity for everyone involved in the se ries, the Australian captain said. There is a lot of cricket coming up in the Australian summer before Christmas and leading into the World Cup so its a great time to be up here playing some cricket and enjoying the wonderful conditions. As I said its a great opportunity to put your name up early and get some performances on the board, so hopefully we can play some good cricket because back in the southern part of the country theres not much going on. White is happy with his status in Australian cricket since his one-day international debut against the World X1 in Melbourne in 2005. Four Test matches and 87 ODIs make him one of the countrys most experienced cricketers on the international stage. I feel as if Im still improving and I feel as though Ive had a really good last 12 or 18 months playing not only county cricket but IPL, the 30year-old all-rounder said. So I feel like my game is in a really good position at the moment and hopefully I can build on last season which was a good one for me. White said the starting X1 for todays clash with India at Marrara Cricket Ground would not be finalised until just before the 10am start. Were still trying to work out workloads after the boys had a pretty heavy toll in the four-day games down in Brisbane, he said. Were playing against some really talented squads. The Indians have had a big turnover of players from the four-day matches in Brisbane. A lot of their players have played in the IPL and our guys have played against them so we know what to expect. Indian captain Robin Uthappa, Australia A captain Cameron White, National Performance Squad captain Jordan Silk and South African captain Justin Ontong National squad out to prove they are the real deal NATIONAL Performance Squad skipper Jordan Silk says his players have a lot to prove in the quadrangular cricket A series this week. Silk, who plied his trade with Southern Districts three years ago insists the NPS side has not made the trek north to just make up the numbers. Weve been training for 12 weeks for this series and are determined to make an impression, the 22-year-old opening bat said. The players will offer some real competition against the Australian, South African and Indian sides and are more than capable of some upset results. Our pace attack has got some real steel about it with Western Australias Jason Behrendorff and Simon Mackin and Tasmanias Sam Rainbird ready to go up here in Darwin. The NPS also has a wealth of spin bowling, with WAs Ashton Agar and the Territorys own Tom Andrews expected to bowl long spells with their left-arm orthodox spinners and Victorian leg-spinner James Muirhead highly rated by several Cricket Australia officials. Silk sprang to prominence at the end of the 2012-13 Sheffield Shield season when he made a century in the final to help guide the Apple Islanders to their third triumph in the national competition. He forms one prong of a talented batting NPS line-up in the Top End that includes Western Australian Ashton Turner, Victorian Alex Keath and South Australians Travis head and Kelvin Smith. Batting wise were in good shape so its up to us to concentrate out in the middle and get some runs on the board, Silk said. The side has got a clear game plan in place and its important we work towards that against what is very good opposition with a lot of first class players in the three sides were up against. But were all committed to the one cause, determined to play good consistent cricket and definitely do a lot more than make up the numbers. Proteas on title trail India A to thrill fans SOUTH Africa A vice-captain Farhaan Behardien expects to leave Darwin with the quadrangular cricket series trophy. The Proteas open the 50over series today with an historic clash against Cricket Australias National Performance Squad at Palmerstons Northline Oval. Darwin fans can expect the South African team to play the game hard and be very competitive, Behardien said. Our own expectations are to win the tournament irrespective of who we play against and were out to achieve that. But he expects no easy passage from the two Australian sides and the graceful Indians, who always send skilful and match hardened sides to tournaments like the A Series. So this (tournament) is a stepping stone for some of our younger players and what a wonderful stage up in Darwin, he said. INDIA A skipper Robin Uthappa says his young side will play fast and exciting cricket during their sevenmatch stint in Darwin for the quadrangular series. Uthappa, 28, returns to the Top End as the top run scorer in this years Indian Premier League where 660 runs came from his bat while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Exciting and consistent cricket in line with our potential is our aim while in Darwin and I know we are capable of producing it, he told the NT News. Weve got an exciting bunch of youngsters who have done exceedingly well on the domestic circuit back home and theyve topped those performances with some good knocks with the bat and consistent bowling in the IPL. Uthappa said national selection for India was not an easy thing to achieve and every player wanted to perform with bat and ball. India meets Australia A at 10am today before playing South Africa at Gardens Oval on Tuesday. A SERIES MENU TODAY: Australia A v India A (Marrara), South Africa A v National Performance Squad (Northline Oval) Games starts at 10am AUSTRALIA A Cameron White (c) (VIC), Cameron Boyce (QLD), Ben Cutting (QLD), Alex Doolan (TAS), James Faulkner (c) (TAS), Peter Forrest (QLD), Josh Hazlewood (NSW), Moises Henriques (NSW), Phillip Hughes (SA), Chris Lynn (QLD), Mitchell Marsh (WA), Kane Richardson (SA), Chadd Sayers (SA), Sam Whiteman (WA). INDIA A Robin Uthappa (c), Unmukt Chand, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Sanju Visvanadh, Manish Pandy, Manan Vohra, Kedar Jadhav, Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, Karn Sharma, Rishi Dwahan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rahul Shukla, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma. SOUTH AFRICA A Justin Ontong (c), Farhan Berhardien (vc), Vaughan van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Mthokozisi Shezi, Aaron Phangiso, Hardus Viljoen Raksteen, Mangaliso Mosehie, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Heino Kuhn, Marchant de Lange, Simon Harmer, Beuran Hendricks, Reeze Hendricks. NPS SQUAD Jordan Silk (c) (TAS), Sean Abbott (NSW), Ashton Agar (WA), Thomas Andrews (NT), Cameron Bancroft (WA), Jason Behrendorff (WA), Alexander Gregory (SA), Travis Head (SA), Alexander Keath (VIC), Simon Mackin (WA), James Muirhead (VIC), Sam Rainbird (TAS), Gurinder Sandhu (NSW), Matthew Short (VIC), Kelvin Smith (SA), Mark Steketee (QLD), Ashton Turner (WA), Sean Willis (TAS).
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