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Connolly named Australian captain for U19 World Cup

Connolly named Australian captain for U19 World Cup

All-Rounder Cooper Connolly  has been appointed captain for ICC U19 CWC 2022 in West Indies.

Connolly set to feature in his second Under 19 World Cup after playing as a 16-year-old at the 2020 edition in South Africa.

Connolly played two matches at the last tournament, including an innings of 64 off 53 balls against the West Indies in Benoni.

Australia last won the tournament back in 2010, where a team including future senior internationals Nic Maddinson, Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood defeated Pakistan, under the captaincy of Mitchell Marsh

“It is a huge honour to be named captain of Australia for the Under 19 World Cup, I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to lead our team,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have strong leaders in our group, and I know I have fantastic support around me.

“I’m thrilled to be playing for Australia again, the World Cup is the ultimate under-age carnival and as a squad we are excited to embrace the opportunity that’s in front of us.”

The Australian team are en route to Guyana, ahead of their campaign that begins on Friday, January 14.

The Australian squad will self-quarantine for three days upon arrival, before playing practice matches against South Africa and India.

Australia’s face tournament hosts the West Indies at Providence Stadium in their opening fixture.

Australia Squad U19 CWC 2022

Cooper Connolly (c), Harkirat Bajwa, Aidan Cahill, Joshua Garner, Isaac Higgins, Campbell Kellaway, Corey Miller, Jack Nisbet, Nivethan Radhakrishnan, William Salzmann, Lachlan Shaw, Jackson Sinfield, Tobias Snell, Tom Whitney, Teague Wyllie.