Redlands Tigers Cricket Club to host under 19 one day international series

STAR PLAYER: Ryan Walker is one of two Queenslanders who will represent Australia against New Zealand in July. Photo: Brody Grogan/Cricket Australia
STAR PLAYER: Ryan Walker is one of two Queenslanders who will represent Australia against New Zealand in July. Photo: Brody Grogan/Cricket Australia

THE Redlands is establishing itself as a destination for international sports with top New Zealand cricketers to visit next month for an under 19 series.

Redlands Tigers Cricket Club will host Australia and New Zealand's best young cricketers during the One Day International series between July 6 and 12 at Peter Burge Oval.

The Cricket Australia Youth Selection Panel in conjunction with state talent managers have selected a 16-player Australian under 19 squad to contest the series, with Queensland players including Toombul bowler Max Clayton and the University of Queensland's Ryan Walker.

They are accompanied by six New South Players, four from Victoria and two each from South Australia and Western Australia.

The team will take on the New Zealand squad under the guidance of former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers.

Australia's pathways manager Graham Manou said the series represented an opportunity for Australia to finetune their skills ahead of the International Cricket Council Under 19 World Cup, to be held in South Africa in January.

Australia finished runners-up to India at last year's ICC Under 19 World Cup.

"This series provides a wonderful opportunity for the players to test their skills against an international opponent," he said.

"Our focus is to continue the development of each individual rather than on overall results."

Hosting the series is a win for the club, which has bred elite players including Brisbane Heat and Queensland Bulls batsman Sam Heazlett and Test player Marnus Labuschagne.

It comes as Redlands Softball Association prepares to host the International Friendship Series from July 8 to 12.

Games will be held on July 6, 7, 10 and 12 at Peter Burge Oval in Wellington Point. They will be free to watch.