26 Sep, 2017
The captains and leaders of the seven JLT Cup squads have had their say on what they are looking forward to achieving in the competition, starting tomorrow in Brisbane.
The Cricket Australia XI will again feature in the 2017 edition of the One-Day Domestic competition, with all but one player contracted within the State Associations. In addition to this, six full-contracted players will get an opportunity within the side.
The opportunities are there for young players in all of the squads, with injury and international duty keeping some of the more experinced players out of the competition in 2017.
"I am looking forward in particular to seeing the development of some of our younger squad members who have impressed throughout the preseason under new coach [Adam Griffith], and assistant Jeff Vaughan," said Tasmanian Captain George Bailey.
According to the seven skippers, the players recognise the urgency to perform in the three week competition, as it is their only chance to play domestic one day cricket this year.
"Everyone's very excited to be playing some one day cricket. It's the only time of the year we get to do so," said Queensland Captain Usman Khawaja.
For many players, the JLT Cup will provide the platform for their bids for selection within the Australian Test and ODI Teams this summer.
See below to see what all of the Captains had to say on the upcoming tournament.
"Everyone's very excited to be playing some one day cricket. It's the only time of the year we get to do so.
"With a mixture of potential younger future Australian representatives and the five current Australian representatives already in the side, it will make for a very exciting tournament for the Bulls".
The squad: Usman Khawaja (c), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth
"There is always a sense of excitement leading into the first competition of the year after a long preseason.
"I am looking forward in particular to seeing the development of some of our younger squad members who have impressed throughout the preseason under new coach Griff, and assistant Jeff Vaughan.
"It will also be great playing our initial 3 and last roster games at the WACA and Blundstone arena."
The squad: George Bailey (c), Jackson Bird, Cameron Boyce, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben Dunk, Andrew Fekete, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Jordan Silk, Charlie Wakim
"It's been a great preseason back home. We have been fortunate to get on turf more than ever so hopefully that will allow us to hit the ground running.
"The boys are pumped to kick start the season against a strong NSW side."
The squad: Mitch Marsh (c), Ashton Turner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Will Bosisto, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Jhye Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Andrew Tye, Jonathan Wells
New South Wales
'Very excited to see some of our young players really stamp their name on Australian domestic cricket'
The squad: Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Harry Conway, Ed Cowan, Mickey Edwards, Ryan Gibson, Daniel Hughes, Jay Lenton, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Arjun Nair, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu
"The boys are excited and can't wait to get into it. Looking forward to a big tournament from Daniel Worrall and Alex Carey who have both been in great form in recent weeks.
"After missing last year's tournament Alex Ross will be a big in for us in the middle order."
The squad: Callum Ferguson (c), Tom Andrews, Alex Carey, Tom Cooper, Michael Cormack, Jake Lehmann, Joe Mennie, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers*, Kelvin Smith, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Daniel Worrall.
"The guys are all really looking forward to the competition, after another long hard pre-season.
"It is a bit of a different make up of the Victorian side this year, with alot of young players in the squad, which provides a great opportunity for them.
"It is great we get to play a number of games at the WACA; the more games we get to play on First Class venues the better."
The squad: Cameron White (c), Wes Agar, Scott Boland, Xavier Crone, Travis Dean, Seb Gotch, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, Will Pucovski, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Blake Thomson, Chris Tremain.
Cricket Australia XI
'For me it was originally disappointing to get the news about not being picked for Tasmania as I'm sure it was a few blokes, but once I got over that disappointment and found out I was to be a part of the CAXI it just given me and others a great opportunity to prove a point.
"It's been a long preseason for everyone and all the boys are really looking forward to getting started on Wednesday. There are some talented cricketers amongst our team and some guys that can have a real impact on the competition.
"This is our only chance to play 50 over cricket in the national comp for the whole year so you have to make the most of it'
The squad: Max Bryant (QLD), Jake Carder (WA), Jackson Coleman (VIC), Daniel Fallins (NSW), David Grant (SA), Clint Hinchliffe (WA), Jonathan Merlo (VIC), Harry Nielsen (SA), Ben Pengelley (SA), Mark Steketee (QLD), Henry Thornton (NSW), Param Uppal (NSW), Beau Webster (TAS), Mac Wright (TAS)