Kyle Brazell, Samuel Rahaley and Suraj Rajesh will feature in a six-match Under 16 International Series at the new Junction Oval complex in Melbourne, beginning on 17 April.

Players were selected following the 2017 School Sport Australia 15 & Under Boys National Championship, with the majority of the squad forming the Cricket Australia XI that competed at the Cricket Australia Under 17 National Championships in October.

Brazell headlines the squad, after being named player of the championships at the recent Under 17 tournament, scoring a tournament-high 417 runs and averaging 59.5 from his seven innings.

The chance for the team to play against international opposition will be a fantastic learning experience, according to Cricket Australia Pathways Manager Graham Manou.

“This series provides the boys with a really good opportunity to test their skills against an international opponent, and particularly a subcontinent team, albeit in our own conditions,” Manou said.

“In hosting these sorts of series and playing in these series, it’s really about accelerating that development process. Not many sports offer international exposure at this age level.”

Former Tasmania captain and coach Dan Marsh is head coach, with former New South Wales fast bowler and now Cricket NSW Country Coaching and Talent Manager Mark Cameron as his assistant.

Australia and Pakistan have competed in a number of international series at Under 16 level in recent years, with Pakistan claiming the most recent series 5-1 in Dubai in early 2017.

Australia Under 16s Squad

Kyle Brazell (SA), Jake Fraser-McGurk (VIC), Campbell Griffiths (VIC), Michael Herbst (WA), Mac Jenkins (NSW), Brock Larance (NSW), Jet Liebke (QLD), Mitchell Pascoe (QLD), Yash Pednekar (VIC), Samuel Rahaley (SA), Suraj Rajesh (SA), Tanveer Sangha (NSW), Hugh Sheriff (NSW), Brad Simpson (NSW)

Coach: Dan Marsh

Assistant Coach: Mark Cameron

Australia Under 16s Series v Pakistan - Fixtures
April 17 - 1st Youth ODI
April 19 - 2nd Youth ODI
April 21 - 3rd Youth ODI
April 24 - 4th Youth ODI
April 26 - 5th Youth ODI
April 27 - 1st Youth T20

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