Pope, 18, is the only SA player in the squad after some outstanding performances in the national under-19 championships, which finishes today in Tasmania.

The ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup starts on 13 January, with the final to be played on 3 February.

Australia has been drawn in Pool B, and begins its World Cup campaign against India on 14 January at Tauranga’s Bay Oval, before matches against Zimbabwe on 17 January and Papua New Guinea 19 January at Lincoln Green in Christchurch.

The squad will head into camp in Brisbane in early January, before playing practice matches against Sri Lanka on 9 January and South Africa on 11 January at the Hagley Park complex in Christchurch.

Australia Under-19s World Cup Squad

Jason Sangha (C) (NSW)

Will Sutherland (VC) (Victoria)

Xavier Bartlett (Qld)

Max Bryant (Qld)

Jack Edwards (NSW)

Zak Evans (Vic)

Jarrod Freeman (Tas)

Ryan Hadley (NSW)

Baxter Holt (NSW)

Nathan McSweeney (Qld)

Jonathan Merlo (Vic)

Lloyd Pope (SA)

Jason Ralston (NSW)

Param Uppal (NSW)

Austin Waugh (NSW)

Coach: Ryan Harris

Assistant Coach: Chris Rogers