Ashton Turner looms as a potential star. The young off-spinner and handy batsman has already made a name himself in the Australian under-19 side, and in his sole appearance for Western Australia, he was just about their best.
Turner started the World Cup on fire, with 4/28 against Nepal in the group stage. He took four more wickets during the tournament, including one in the final. His off-spin was difficult to pick, even by some of the sub-continental players.
His form with the bat was also of the highest quality. After chipping in with a couple of handy not outs, Turner went up a gear in the final, blasting an invaluable 43 against eventual champions India.
With form on his side, Turner was selected in the Chairman’s and PM’s XI to take on the West Indies and Sri Lanka. After taking 2/93 against Sri Lanka, Turner backed it up with another strong showing against the West Indies.
The state selectors must have liked what they saw, because they awarded Turner his first Western Australian cap.
The 20 year old faced the tough task of bowling to Ricky Ponting, George Bailey and James Faulkner. And while his teammates were busy being belted all over the park, Turner more than held his own, as he clean bowled the Australian T20 captain.
Chasing a daunting 308 for victory, Turner came in with his side struggling at 6/127. But he and the comparatively veteran Mitch Marsh played the sort of counter-attacking cricket that young guns revel in. Turner smashed an eye-catching 51 off 43 deliveries, before being deceived by Faulkner.
After gaining valuable experience in the senior side, Turner returned to the under-23 arena, where he struck 76 and 51 against the Redbacks.
His form suggests he is a player to watch, and after playing in both games in Canberra, it is clear that the selectors already have one eye on the Western Australian prodigy.
Turner was one of six AIS Hampshire scholars who spent time at the Centre of Excellence ahead of the English summer. His strong performances for Chichester Priory Park in England were noted and after spending time with the Australian Ashes squad, Turner was selected to make his first-class debut in a tour match against Sussex.