Australian Teams Named for 2019 Trans-Tasman International Series

Ahmad Khawaja

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Australia have named their four touring teams for the Trans-Tasman International Indoor Cricket series against New Zealand in Palmerston North next month. The teams were named in July following the completion of the National Indoor Cricket Championships in Victoria.

The series is the first bilateral competition between the two nations since the last Trans-Tasman event in 2016 in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Both teams last competed against each other at the previous World Cup in the UAE back in 2017.

Australia last competed in September 2018 when they sent over four teams to play in the Australasia Cup in Sri Lanka. The Open Men’s team competed in a multi-team tournament against the hosts, India, and Singapore, whilst the Open Women, Under-22 Girls and Under-22 Boys sides completed a series of matches against Sri Lanka. Australia went through each grade unbeaten during the tournament. 


1Lyle Teske (c) Queensland
2Justin PerkinsVictoria
3Rob FitzgeraldQueensland
4Rhys DearnessQueensland
5Josh Dreaver (Debut)Queensland
6Kieran PerkinsVictoria
7Jamie Diener (Debut)South Australia
8Mark RiceWestern Australia
9Matthew FlorosACT
10Ryan DowseQueensland
11Luke RyanACT
12Jarrod Armitage (Debut)Victoria
CoachBrenton Brien 
ManagerTony Panecasio 

Another very experienced Open Men’s team will travel to New Zealand for this series. Coach Brenton Brien has selected seven players from last year’s Sri Lanka tour including Lyle Teske, Rhys Dearness, Rob Fitzgerald, Justin Perkins, Kieran Perkins, Ryan Dowse and Matthew Floros. 

Mark Rice returns to the side for the first time since playing in the previous Trans-Tasman series in 2016 whilst Luke Ryan made a successful return from injury to take part in the National Championships this year and justify his selection.

That mix of experience has also seen the door open for three players to make their debut on tour with Jamie Diener, Josh Dreaver and Jarrod Armitage all in line to play their first matches for Australia.


1Jude ColemanQueensland
2Briony PolkinghorneVictoria
3Nicole MartinVictoria
4Elizabeth HallSouth Australia
5Elly DonaldVictoria
6Dulane CarlsonQueensland
7Neisha IlesSouth Australia
8Kylie RattraySouth Australia
9Samantha DixonQueensland
10Allison NagelQueensland
11Adelaide CampionVictoria
12Rachel BainesWestern Australia
CoachWendy Kemp 
ManagerMaleah Harris 

Coach Wendy Kemp has kept the majority of the touring squad from Sri Lanka last year, maintaining a relatively settled combination and persisting with some impressive performers who debuted last year. The only changes see Allison Nagel come into the side alongside the vastly experienced Jude Coleman, who was available for this series. 


1Joshua FontanaWestern Australia
2Hamish ChapmanQueensland
3Jay JhambVictoria
4Daniel Van HeesVictoria
5Zachary SchwarzSouth Australia
6Kai HickeyWestern Australia
7Dylan FaramACT
8Cameron BullardSouth Australia
9Tyler HaysACT
10Kiale O’BrianWestern Australia
11Kurt ProsperNew South Wales
12Cameron ToddWestern Australia
13Tyler Van LuinACT
CoachRob Boiston 
ManagerSam Bright 

There have been some changes from the previous Under-22 Boys side that played in the Australasia Cup however coach Rob Boiston has retained the the core of the squad.

Joshua Fontana, Hamish Chapman, Zachary Schwarz, Tyler Hays, Tyler Van Luin and Kai Hickey will line up again for the green and gold. On this tour they will be joined by Victoria pairing Jay Jhamb and Daniel Van Hees, Dylan Faram, Cameron Bullard, Kurt Prosper and Cameron Todd. 


1Madeleine WrightVictoria
2Lauren NicholsonWestern Australia
3Zoe GriffithsVictoria
4Amy RiddellNew South Wales
5Emily VallanceQueensland
6Tarlee MeaneySouth Australia
7Kirsten DaveyQueensland
8Alex WeeksQueensland
9Katrina DixonQueensland
10Paris RaffertyVictoria
11Sophie RobertsSouth Australia
12Stacy RockliffQueensland
CoachCindy Kross 
ManagerTommy Holt 


Similar to the Under-22 Boys side, the Under-22 Girls team have gone through a few changes for the tour, with the nucleus of the team retained by coach Cindy Kross.

Madeleine Wright, Zoe Griffiths, Lauren Nicholson, Amy Riddell, Tarlee Meaney and Paris Rafferty return from the Sri Lanka tour. A number of Queensland players have come into the fray including Samantha Dixon, Emily Vallance, Kirsten Davey, Alex Weeks and Stacy Rockliff, alongside Sophie Roberts.

The five-match series takes place at the Palmerston Indoor Sports Arena in Palmerston North from 12-14 September.


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