Australian support staff work closely with the National Cricket Centre staff, Sport Science Sport Medicine unit and state associations in the development and implementation of plans and to address weaknesses in CA contracted players.
Australian Institute of Sport Program
The AIS scholarship athletes are selected by the national selection panel. Athletes are selected based on the most talented cricketers that are likely to succeed in international cricket in the short, medium and long term; this provides the program with an athlete mix including youth and first class experience. The AIS scholarship program enables the national selectors to create a five to ten year succession plan for the Australian team addressing identified future areas of weakness.
The program runs for twenty weeks from April – September and includes a training program addressing technical, tactical, mental and physical areas in addition to two competition phases, namely the emerging player’s tournament and an international tour.
Under 19 Program
The men’s Under 19 program is a two year program that is aligned to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup cycle. Players are identified at Under 17 championships and developed over the two years leading into the Under 19 World Cup. The squad is modified within the 2 year period with the final selection occurring as part of the Under 19 championships immediately preceding the World Cup.
The program is managed by a National Cricket Centre coach who operates as the Australian U19 Coach. The decentralised program includes camps held at the National Cricket Centre and state visits by the coach. The Australian U19 coach works closely with State and Territory coaches on individual athlete development and monitors the player’s progress.
AIS squad (Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars)
The women’s national selection panel selects up to twenty athletes each year to form the AIS/National squad. The athletes are the top twenty players that have the potential to play for Australia.
The AIS/National program is conducted over a twelve month period. The athletes attend a minimum of three camps per year at the COE and undergo specialist training sessions within their home state.
Individual programs are developed for each squad member by the AIS/National Women’s Head Coach in consultation with the State coaches and the athlete. The player progress is monitored via testing, Coach state visits, training diaries and communication with the athletes coaches (state and satellite) by the AIS/National Women’s Head Coach with assistance from the Australian Team support staff and relevant state coach.
Women’s Under 21 Program (Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars)
The women’s under 21 program is an annual development program targeting the best young female talent in Australia. The national selectors select up to twenty athletes each year to be part of the program.
Athletes are selected from underage championships, WNCL and CA Cup competitions. The program is managed by the AIS/National Women’s Head coach with assistance from the Australian Youth Coach. State and Territory association coaches are involved in the camps conducted for this group and are included in the ongoing monitoring of the squad.
The program consists of one to two camps per year held at the National Cricket Centre, State visits by the Head Coach, Satellite training sessions and access to the NCC specialist camps. Also included in the program is an international series either played home or away per year.
The National Cricket Centre has established an international program that aims to foster the growth of cricket globally by accepting a limited number of scholars and teams from other countries giving them the opportunity to gain the same tuition and use of facilities as Australia’s elite cricketers. Since its inception players from Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have attended the program.