JLT One-Day Cup 2018

Six JLT One-Day Cup young guns

With the JLT One-Day Cup about to begin, here are six fresh faces to keep a close eye on

Sam Ferris

14 September 2018, 03:09 PM

Ben McDermott (TAS)

At 23, McDermott is a senior member of this list of youngsters and the right-hander has already made a splash at domestic level. Set a daunting 326 against Victoria, McDermott gave the Tigers a chance with 97 from 124 balls opening the batting. As clean a striker as there is in the country, his power game was on display in KFC BBL|06 when he crashed a whirlwind 114 from 52 balls with nine sixes for Hobart Hurricanes to sink the Renegades at Marvel Stadium.

Mighty McDermott mows Melbourne

Mackenzie Harvey (VIC)

Nephew of World Cup-winner Ian Harvey, Mackenzie Harvey is 17-year-old batsman with huge potential. The left-hander has represented Australia at Under-19 level and had a taste of top-flight cricket last summer when he was drafted in by the Melbourne Renegades as a replacement player for skipper Aaron Finch. A player of the future, Harvey has already left an impression on Australia's arch-rivals England. Against an England attack featuring Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, Harvey hit 59 from 48 balls with four sixes in January.

Harvey's heroics stun England with explosive half-century

Cameron Valente (SA)

Cameron Valente looms as a key player for South Australia this summer. Over the past two domestic one-day tournaments, no bowler has taken more wickets than Valente, whose probing right-arm fast-medium seamers have accounted for 23 wickets in 14 matches. His bowling alone would probably see him selected, but his abilities with the bat have made him a genuine allrounder. Twice he has scored an even 100 in the JLT Cup – first against Victoria in Perth in 2016 and last year against the CA XI at Allan Border Field.

Valente's valiant ton rescues Redbacks

Jason Sangha (NSW)

Elevated from a rookie to full-time contract this off-season, Jason Sangha is set to make his Blues debut this summer. Australia's captain at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, the right-hander oozes class and is reminiscent of India great VVS Laxman in the way he drives and uses his wrists. The youngster boasts a first-class century against England and while his batting is his major strength, keep an eye out for his leg-spin should he be asked to roll the arm over.

Sangha serves lone hand for the Australia U19s

Josh Philippe (WA)

The 21-year-old is another youngster on this list to make a mark against England after he crashed a 92-ball 88 against Joe Root's side in Perth last summer. His knock included 16 boundaries, much to the disdain of veteran England quick James Anderson. Philippe was a member of this year's National Performance Squad cohort and could fill the vacant opening position for the Warriors left by the suspended Cameron Bancroft.

A star is born? Young gun belts England attack

Xavier Bartlett (QLD)

A tall right-arm fast bowler, Xavier Bartlett is the latest addition to the Bulls' impressive pace stocks. The 19-year-old is another Australia Under-19 alum, and played in the JLT Cup last summer for the Cricket Australia XI. The young tearaway names Mitchell Johnson as a bowler he looks to mimic and his ability to swing the new ball makes him a potent threat at the start of the innings.

Aussie U19s score big win over Zimbabwe

The JLT Cup gets underway on Sunday September 16.

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