An under-19 World Cup beckons for Newcastle cricketer Jason Sangha after being named in Australia’s preliminary 28-player squad.
The announcement was made on Wednesday as Sangha took the field for an open Cricket Australia XI against touring England in a four-day, day-night, first-class, Ashes warm-up match at the Adelaide Oval.
England, who rested seamer Stuart Broad, were sent into bat after Cricket Australia XI captain Tim Paine won the toss. Sangha was listed to bat at six.
The Australian under 19s will be cut to 15 for next year’s tournament in New Zealand. A final chance to impress selectors will be the Under-19 National Championships in Tasmania next month with Sangha set to captain ACT-NSW Country.
On the weekend Sangha, who turned 18 in September and finished his HSC exams this month, made 100 not out for Randwick-Petersham and became the youngest player outside current Australian captain Steve Smith to score two centuries in the Sydney first grade competition.
Sangha, who has contracts with both NSW and the Sydney Thunder, previously played with Wallsend and Toronto.