JLT One-Day Cup 2018
Axed Vics, teen trio named for JLT Cup
Youthful Victoria squad boosted by skipper, Maxwell as well as national T20 batsman Nic Maddinson
12 September 2018, 02:39 PM AEST
Overlooked Test batters Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb's first shot at redemption will come this weekend, with the pair both named in one of the youngest Victoria squads picked in recent memory.
Schoolboy leg-spinner Tom O'Connell and highly-rated young batter Mackenzie Harvey, along with Australia T20 batsman Nic Maddinson, are all in line to make their debuts for the state, with the trio selected in a 14-player squad for the JLT One-Day Cup.
Handscomb will resume his post as Victoria captain after both he and Maxwell were omitted from the Test squad named for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE, with the duo pipped by Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
The pair are welcome additions to Victoria's one-day side, but the state's depth is set to be tested by the absence of national inclusions Aaron Finch, Peter Siddle and Jon Holland.
Victoria have largely looked to youth to fill the gaps, with a trio of teenagers in O'Connell (18 years old), Harvey (who turns 18 next week) and allrounder Will Sutherland (18) all selected in a squad veteran Cameron White says is the youngest he's been a part of.
The Vics have been impressed by the bowling smarts and composure of the teenaged O'Connell after poaching him from South Australia over the winter. The selection of Jon Holland in the Test squad for Pakistan means he's the only specialist spinner in their JLT Cup squad.
"It's a bit of an unusual turn of events for him at the start of the preseason for him to come over and join the squad," veteran batter Cameron White said of O'Connell.
"(He's) not a sharp turner yet - he might become that. He bowls slowly so he's got a chance to bowl big leggies eventually – (he) can turn the ball, (he has a) good wrong'un and bowls with a fair bit of overspin at the moment.
"It's a great opportunity for him along with some of the guys."
Maddinson also looks set to get his chance in Victorian colours during the upcoming tournament. The left-hander, who played three Tests for Australia during the 2016-17 summer, moved to Melbourne recently after being a surprising absence from NSW's squad for the coming season.
Harvey, the nephew former ODI allrounder Ian Harvey, has also stood out over the winter, posting scores of 130 and 80 in pre-season matches in Brisbane to secure a spot. He will be among Victoria's youngest ever debutants should he play during the tournament.
"The squad selected is a mix of experience and exciting young talent, and they are all looking forward to flying out to Townsville for the first match on Sunday against Queensland and officially getting cricket season underway," Cricket Victoria Chairman of Selectors Andrew Lynch said.
"We're obviously missing some senior players like Aaron Finch, Jon Holland and Peter Siddle, but this provides a tremendous opportunity for others to step up and represent Victoria on a national stage.
"It's exciting to have Nic Maddinson in our JLT One Day Cup squad to add further depth to our batting line-up, and since he's joined up with the rest of the guys he has prepared himself, as the others have, to ensure we are well placed for the tournament ahead."
Victoria kick off the domestic summer in Townsville against Queensland on Sunday, one of seven JLT Cup games to be live streamed on cricket.com.au, with Fox Sports also broadcasting 13 games during the tournament.
The Vics will also play two JLT matches at their recently revamped home at the Junction Oval.
Victoria's squad for the JLT One-Day Cup: Peter Handscomb (c), Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Sebastian Gotch, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Tom O'Connell, Matt Short, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Cameron White.