Sydney - South Africa will face a youthful Cricket Australia
XI in the two-day match next week which opens the Australian tour.
Every member of the side, picked by Cricket Australia's
youth selection panel, is under 22 years of age including the captain, Victoria
all-rounder Matthew Short.
The team includes 17-year-old Queensland fast bowler Xavier
Bartlett and New South Wales batsman Ryan Gibson who has averaged over 50 with
the bat in his first five matches in Australia's domestic one-day Cup.
Cricket Australia talent manager Greg Chappell said the
match at Adelaide Oval on October 22 and 23 allows the players "to compete
at a higher level and see how they fare. We believe they have the capabilities
to compete against the South Africans and are excited to see what they
Cricket Australia on Monday named a 12-player CA XI team to play
South Africa in a two-day tour match at Adelaide Oval on October 22-23:
XI - Arjun Nair, Josh Inglis, Ryan Gibson, Sam Harper, Ben McDermott,
Matthew Short (captain), James Bazley, Brendan Doggett, Ryan Lees, Xavier
Bartlett, Thomas O'Donnell, Kyle Gardiner.