Thomas O’Connell and Lloyd Pope were included in a 28-player squad revealed on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup, to be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3.

All-rounder O’Connell, who represented South Australia at last year’s Under 19 National Championships, took 3/50 in Sturt’s Premier League victory over Northern Districts last round.

Promising leg-spinner Pope of Kensington joined the West End Redbacks as a rookie earlier this year after starring for the CA XI in last year’s national carnival.

The roster will be reduced to a final World Cup squad of 15 with selectors to keep a close eye on this year’s Under 19 National Championships in Tasmania in early December.

Ex-Redback and Test batsman Matthew Elliott and former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris will coach the side.

“There’s some exceptional talent coming through the Pathway right now, and it really is going to be a tough task to narrow down our Under 19 World Cup squad to just 15 players,” CA Pathways Manager Graham Manou said.

“These players have been identified by the State Talent Managers over their efforts at previous events – the Under 19 international series against Sri Lanka in April, last summer’s Under 17 and Under 19 National Championships, Rookie Camps and performances at club and district level.

“That said, there are some really good players not in this preliminary squad – and there is nothing stopping them from pushing into the World Cup squad.

“Representing Australia is a huge honour, and the next six weeks is about our Under 19 players continuing to put strong performances on the board to push their case for selection, culminating with the Under 19 National Championships in Tasmania in early December.”

Australia Under 19 World Cup preliminary squad: Iain Carlisle, Matthew Gilkes, Jason Sangha (ACT/NSW Country); Jack Edwards, Ryan Hackney, Ryan Hadley, Baxter Holt, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Param Uppal, Austin Waugh (NSW Metro); Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Mitchell Connolly, Blake Edwards, Harrison Macoun, Nathan McSweeney, Harrison Wood (QLD); Thomas O’Connell, Lloyd Pope (SA); Jarrod Freeman (TAS); Patrick Rowe (VIC Country); Zak Evans, Jonathan Merlo, Edward Newman, Will Sutherland (VIC Metro); Cameron Green, Bradley Hope, Matthew Spoors (WA)