Pakistan Tour of Australia
Young guns, state stars in CA XI
Under-age stars Pucovski and Sutherland join likes of Travis Dean in CA XI to face Pakistan on Tuesday
8 January 2017, 03:55 PM AEST
Teenagers Will Pucovski and Will Sutherland will get an early taste of international cricket when they take on Pakistan in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Pucovski, 18, and Sutherland, 17, have been named in the Cricket Australia XI to play a one-day clash against Pakistan at Allan Border Field, the tourists' only practice match ahead of the five-match ODI series against Australia.
Sutherland, the son of Cricket Australia CEO James, and Pucovski both impressed at the recent under-19 national championships in Adelaide.
Sutherland averaged 51 with the bat and took 10 wickets at 16.30 with the ball while Pucovski amassed an extraordinary 650 runs from eight innings, including four centuries, the most in the history of the championships.
Western Australia's Will Bosisto will captain the inexperienced XI, which also includes Victoria Bushrangers batsman Travis Dean and NSW and Sydney Sixers quick Henry Thornton, who is on return from a back injury.
"This is an extremely young side, but one which showcases some of the very best talent rising through the pathways program," CA's national talent manager Greg Chappell said.
"We are determined to continue to stretch the best young players in Australia, to challenge themselves at the highest level possible, and this an unbelievable opportunity for these players to test their skills against an international line-up of the highest quality."
The match will be live streamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live App from 11am AEDT on Tuesday.
Australia's ODI series against Pakistan gets underway at the Gabba on Friday.
CA XI 12-man squad: Will Bosisto (c), Travis Dean, Cameron Green, Clint Hinchliffe, Josh Inglis, Riley Meredith, Lloyd Pope, Will Pucovski, Sam Raphael, Jason Sangha, Will Sutherland, Henry Thornton.
Pakistan ODI squad: Azhar Ali (c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez