McKenna selected in Sri Lanka tour

Patrick McKenna. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Patrick McKenna. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

YOUNG gun Patrick McKenna has been selected as part of Australia's under-19 cricket squad to tour Sri Lanka next month. 

The Gisborne footballer has been named as part of the 15-person team which will play five one-day matches and one three day match in Colombo. 

It has been a big couple days for the talented teenager, he kicked nine goals in Gisborne's big win against Kangaroo Flat on Saturday.

McKenna captained the under-19 Victoria team in last year's under-19 national championships. 

Cricket Australia's talent manager Greg Chappell said the squad included some of the country's most promising young cricketers. 

"This tour to Sri Lanka will be the first time some of our squad have been exposed to sub-continental conditions and will be a great learning opportunity," he said. 

"We've selected a strong batting line-up, with the likes of Liam Banthorpe, Patrick McKenna, Matthew Renshaw, and all-rounders Kyle Scrimegour and Clint Hinchliffe who will benefit from playing against quality opposition on turning decks."

The tour is designed to test emerging young players in a variety of conditions in order to prepare them for similar challenges they may face at an international level. 

The squad will be coached by high performance coach Graeme Hick, which Cricket Australia's spin coach John Davison. 

The team will come together in Brisbane on September 20 before departing for Colombo, Sri Lanka the following day. 

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