SEVEN OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST YOUNG BATSMEN
Matthew Renshaw (Queensland) Age: 22 First-class games: 44 First-class average: 40.18 Easy to forget the opener is so young given he made his Test debut in 2016. No Australian has scored more Test runs before turning 21. Overlooked throughout Australia’s recent Test series against Pakistan after being struck on the helmet fielding at short leg but enjoyed a productive county stint earlier this year.
Will Pucovski (Victoria) Age: 20 First-class games: 7 First-class average: 52 Demanded the attention of national selectors with a knock of 243 last week, the eighth youngest players to score a Sheffield Shield double century. Multiple concussions have stalled his progress in recent years.
Jake Weatherald (SA) Age: 23 First-class games: 26 First-class average: 34.4 Earlier this year became the first batsman to belt a century in a Big Bash League final. Finished fourth on Shield run-scorers list in 2017/18. Brett Lee has described the left-hander as the “future of Australian cricket” and called for him to debut in the first Test against India.
Jake Doran (Tasmania) Age: 21 First-class games: 26 First-class average: 30.28 Shifted from Sydney to Hobart and made his first-class debut at age 18. Finished fifth on list of Shield run-scorers in 2017/18. Former captain and current selector Greg Chappell likened Jake, then aged 16, to Mike Hussey.
Jason Sangha (NSW) Age: 19 First-class games: 3 First-class average: 31 Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman in the world to have scored a first-class century against England at a younger age than Sangha. Captained Australia at this year’s under-19 World Cup.
Jack Edwards (NSW) Age: 18 First-class games: 1 First-class average: 17 Averaged 54.6 during the recent domestic one-day tournament, notably becoming the youngest batsman to post a century in the competition. Earned the praise of Peter Nevill last week, having helped the NSW skipper halt what could have been be a game-changing Shield collapse.
Josh Philippe (WA) Age: 21 First-class games: 5 First-class average: 32.5 Posted his maiden first-class ton last week. Promoted to open last year in a tour game against England and produced a quick-fire 88, scoring freely off England’s new-ball pairing of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad.