Cricket: Otago pair named in side

Albion left-arm spinner Nick Beard and Pelichet Bay all-rounder James Fuller have been named in the New Zealand under-19 team.

The selection panel of Kaushik Patel, John Wright, Lance Cairns and coach Mark O'Neill confirmed the team at the conclusion of the national under-19 tournament in Lincoln on Sunday.

The team will play three-day matches against Wellington A in the capital from February 3 to February 5, Northern Districts A in Taupo from February 8 to February 10, and two one-day games against Auckland A in Auckland on February 12 and February 13.

"This short tour gives these emerging players a wonderful opportunity to test their ability against experienced senior players, many of whom are on the verge of establishing first-class careers," O'Neill said.

"The team is well balanced, with half the team having already played for the New Zealand under-19s and a number who impressed at the recent national under-19 tournament."

New Zealand
BJ Barnett (Central Districts), Jonathon Bassett-Graham (Auckland), Nick Beard (Otago), Harry Boam (Wellington), Craig Cachopa (Auckland), Matt Farrant (Canterbury), James Fuller (Otago), Tom Latham (Canterbury), Andrew Mathieson (Northern Districts), James Neesham (Auckland), Michael Pollard (Wellington), Dean Robinson (Central Districts), Ili Tugaga (Wellington), Anurag Verma (Northern Districts).


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