Doran ton gives Australia 2-1 lead

Australia Under 19-s 242 (Doran 102, Harper 67, Mahmood 3-54) beat England Under-19s 241 (Taylor 61, Thomason 66*, Richardson 3-56) by three wickets Scorecard

File Photo: Jake Doran’s 136-ball 102 anchored the chase for Australia Under-19s © ICC

Australia Under-19s put in an all-round performance to beat England Under 19-s by three wickets, with one ball remaining in Perth. A century from Jake Doran and a three-wicket haul from Jhye Richardson were the stand out performances for the home side, helping them take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Set 242 for victory, Australia’s chase did not get off to an ideal start as Saqib Mahmood, who ended with figures of 9-0-54-3, removed Jake Carder and Jaron Morgan inside five overs to leave them on 11 for 2. A 150-run stand between Sam Harper (67) and Doran (102) stabilised the chase, but England managed to slow down the scoring rate and the home side were left with 14 to get off 12 balls, Henry Thornton, however, struck 12 runs in the 49th over and hit the winnings runs to see his team home.

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Badree to mentor Australia spinners

West Indies legspinner Samuel Badree will mentor Australia’s young spinners as part of Cricket Australia’s spin camp this year. Badree, currently, ranked the No.1 Twenty20 international bowler in the world, will work alongside Cricket Australia’s head spin coach John Davison at the training camp in Brisbane in May.

“The knowledge and experience that Sammy Badree can share with our young spinners will be a quality extension to previous programs,” Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s team performance manager, said. “The spin camp looks to extend the work being done in states and to challenge players on different ways to assess the game and grow personally.

“We’re delighted to have Sammy join John Davison and some of the country’s best young spinners for the week, and to build on the expertise Shane Warne and Muthiah Muralidaran have brought to our spin program in the last two seasons.”

Badree said: “I am looking forward to being involved in this program to share my experiences and philosophies with the young spinners of Australia and hopefully impart something to them that would make them better players. It’s my first visit to Australia as well and I look forward to the experience.

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Injured Finch out for 12 weeks

Aaron Finch hurt his hamstring while batting for Mumbai Indians last week © BCCI

Aaron Finch is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks after having surgery on his injured left hamstring in Melbourne on Tuesday. Finch suffered the injury while batting for Mumbai Indians in the IPL last Tuesday and his recovery time-frame will have consequences for his county cricket schedule: he was due to join Yorkshire at the end of May.

“After returning to Australia injured from the IPL, Aaron had scans that confirmed a high grade hamstring injury,” Cricket Australia’s physio Alex Kountouris said. “As such, Aaron was assessed by a surgeon who felt that he would have a better outcome with surgery.

“Aaron subsequently had surgery yesterday that has gone well. Aaron will now commence his rehabilitation and we expect that rehabilitation to take up to 12 weeks.”

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Queensland cut McDermott brothers

Alister McDermott featured in only one game for Queensland last summer © Getty Images

Fast bowler Alister McDermott has been cut from Queensland’s contract list for 2015-16, along with his brother Ben McDermott, who has moved to Tasmania. The Bulls have finalised their squad for next summer with the notable omission of a captain, after James Hopes agreed to sign on for another year as player but has stepped aside as skipper.

Usman Khawaja is considered a strong candidate to lead Queensland, although Chris Hartley, Chris Lynn and Peter Forrest have reportedly also been considered. The group is also without a coach, with no replacement yet named for Stuart Law, whose tenure ended during the 2014-15 season.

Former Test fast bowler Peter George has been handed a contract after making his Queensland debut last season and collecting 20 Sheffield Shield wickets for them at 33.30, while Simon Milenko and Charlie Hemphrey have also earned deals. Batsman Sam Heazlett, who made 160 for Australia in their recent Under-19s Test against England in Perth, has been given a rookie contract.

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Craig plays down England’s home advantage

‘It’s more of a holding role and try to tie and end up for the big boys running down the other end’ – Mark Craig on his role in the New Zealand bowling attack © Getty Images

New Zealand have an ignominious history to contend with on their tour to England – they have not won a Test in the country in 16 years. But riding on an exceptional season of cricket culminating with their impressive run to the World Cup final, offspinner Mark Craig believes New Zealand are well prepared.

The squad has not played international cricket since March, but Craig trusts in the experience available to overcome any rust.

“I think all the boys that are overseas have played enough, and played in England so they know what to expect,” he said. “I don’t think it’s so much an advantage. I think the boys are professional enough, and can slip in to conditions relatively quickly. I think the boys will be fine.

“I think it was massive, those six weeks with the World Cup. The whole nation got behind us, and we had people who weren’t exactly cricket fans who are now fans. And the boys will look to ride on the back of that”

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Bernard five-for helps England U-19 finish on high note

Medium-pacer Hugh Bernard took 5 for 14 in 8.1 overs to bowl England Under-19 to an 82-run victory against Australia Under-19 in the last match of the series in Perth. The home side had already won the series and it ended 3-2.

England struggled after they were put in, losing their top three batsmen for scores of 1, 2 and 1. From 8 for 3, they were lifted by wicketkeeper Ryan Davies who made 81 and had a 69-run stand with his captain Aneurin Donald. After Davies was dismissed, Aaron Thomason made 63 at No.7 and, with Brad Taylor’s 34, helped England post 232 for 8 in 50 overs. Henry Thornton took 4 for 46 for Australia.

Australia’s openers made a steady beginning, reaching 20 in 3.5 overs, before Bernard hit the chase hard. He dismissed batsmen Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in quick succession to reduce them to 29 for 3 in eight overs. Australia progressed to 60 for 3 before losing two wickets for no runs, and then suffered the same fate when the score was 71 in the 21st over. That was the end of their challenge. Bernard returned to polish off the last two wickets and dismiss Australia for 150 in 40.1 overs. Wicketkeeper Tom Healy, Ian Healy’s son, was the home team’s top scorer with an unbeaten 58.

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