Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel Announces Young Cricketers Picked for Australian Institute of Sports Men’s Scholarship Program

Australia ( February 28, 2011

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Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel Announces Young Cricketers Picked for Australian Institute of Sports Men's Scholarship Program

Some of Australia’s brightest young talents have been chosen for the 2011 Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) men’s scholarship program at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence (COE) in Brisbane this winter.

Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) announced the AIS squad that will undertake the program including the Emerging Players Tournament, while also travelling to Malaysia and India for training camps.

All scholars in the squad will undergo a targeted and individualised development program at the COE at Allan Border Field under the guidance of new COE Head Coach Troy Cooley and his team of coaches including, David Fitzgerald, John Davison and Craig McDermott.  COE Sport Science and Sport Medicine staff will also be instrumental in delivering a high quality program to the selected athletes.

In addition, to further develop elite coaches in Australia, several state-based high performance coaches will also be involved in the COE program at various stages.

A player’s weekly schedule will include a combination of cricket skills training, game scenarios, strength and conditioning training, injury prevention strategies, nutrition, recovery, sport psychology and various sport science related activities, with player career and welfare courses also included.

Commenting on the selection intake, National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said: “The AIS scholarship list reflects the quality of young cricketers around the country. The opportunity presented to these players is designed to continue their physical and mental development on their path toward future international honours.

“The Centre of Excellence is a very important part of Cricket Australia’s Elite Pathway and the AIS program is designed to accelerate the development of our best young cricketers by putting them into an environment that will challenge them whilst giving them a chance to train outdoors in the off season.

“They will also experience some international conditions at the MRF facility in India, competition play in a tournament in Malaysia and the Emerging Players Tournament in Brisbane to finish the program in late August.

“Among this elite group is an exciting batch of young fast bowlers that suggests that the future of fast bowling in this country is in good hands. The challenge for all concerned is to make sure that these young bowlers get the physical and skill development required to prepare them for the demands of international cricket over the next few years. If that is done Australian cricket’s stocks will rise accordingly,” Chappell said.

Commenting on the 2011 AIS program, new COE Head Coach Troy Cooley said: “Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence full-time intake has been selected through extensive consultation between State Talent Managers and the National Talent Manager. This process has provided opportunities for players to stake selection claims in a full range of teams and competitions across the country.

“Since its inception, the COE program has developed and moved with continual changes to the game. In 2011, it will again take a slightly different path, designed specifically to develop a range of skills and preparation required by a player across all three forms of the game.

“These skills will be developed and tested at an international level through the Australia A and under-19 programs combined with other overseas training opportunities and competitions. The successful Emerging Players Tournament will now focus on the longer form of the game with three-day cricket providing players a valuable insight into the demands of first-class cricket.

“Scholars will have access to the best cricket-related sports science and sports medicine in Australia combined with an extensive coaching program developed collaboratively by Cricket Australia and respective state and territory programs.

“We intend to provide players a seamless transition between game formats, ensuring they have the best opportunity of success and contributing to Australian teams remaining at the upper echelons of world cricket.

“Many of the players selected are at different stages of their cricketing development, however, with strong support from states and territories we are confident of delivering short, medium and long-term individual plans that will cater specifically for their individual needs.

“This is an exciting time for Australian cricket; I am looking forward to working with these scholars and our support staff as we strive to further develop the ‘Australian Way’ of playing the game,” Cooley said.

AIS Director Professor Peter Fricker said he was proud of the significant role that the COE had made to the success of Australian cricket.

“Watching young cricketers develop and reach new heights is very exciting, and to know that the Australian Institute of Sport has played a major part in that development is a tremendous reflection of the program’s success,” Professor Fricker said.

“The COE’s collaboration with AIS Sports Science and Sport Medicine, particularly in biomechanics and injury prevention, has been an important aspect of this development.”

“We are extremely proud of our record and tradition of producing talented cricketers who have gone on to excel at the elite level of the game.”

The 2011 AIS scholarship intake is:
Sean Abbott (NSW,18)
Tim Armstrong (NSW,20)
Nathan Brain (NSW,19)
Trent Copeland (NSW,24)
Patrick Cummins (NSW,17)
Josh Hazlewood (NSW,20)
Nic Maddinson (NSW,19)
Mitchell Starc (NSW,21)
Adam Zampa (NSW,18)
Cameron Boyce (QLD,21)
Chris Lynn (QLD,20)
James Faulkner (TAS,20)
Ryan Carters (VIC,20)
Jon Holland (VIC,23)
Alex Keath (VIC,19)
Tom Beaton (WA,20)
Michael Beer (WA,26)
Mitchell Marsh (WA,19)
Sam Whiteman (WA,18)

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