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Qld Trio For Academy (29-04-2005)

A trio of promising Queenslanders will make their home at the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy for the next three months following the launch of the 2005 scholarship list today at Allan Border Field.

XXXX Gold Queensland Bulls squad member Nathan Rimmington, promising University of Queensland left-hand batsman Nathan Reardon and Norths leg-spinner Greg Chiesa will experience Australia's leading cricket finishing school at the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence over the next three months.

Rimmington, who has put together some impressive performances in first grade for Sandgate-Redcliffe and the Queensland Academy of Sport in the Cricket Australia Cup 2nd XI, was a full-contracted Bulls player last season without playing a match.

Reardon, a former Australia Post Queensland U-17 and U-19 representative, made his CA Cup 2nd XI debut last season and won the Bob Spence Trophy for the most improved Queensland player under-21.

Chiesa, a QAS squad member in 2002, has been a solid performer in first grade over the past three seasons and the intensive work at the CBCA will hopefully take his game to a new level.

The AIS scholarship program will see the players undergo an intensive 13-week program which comprises two blocks, foundations that have successfully prepared 67 Australian cricketers for the rigours of international cricket in the 18 years of the program.

Since 1988 there have been 240 inductees through the Cricket Academy and Centre of Excellence. Of those 174 (72.5%) have gone on to play first-class cricket, 30 have played Test cricket and 37 have played international limited overs cricket.

The last scholar to represent Australia in one-day international cricket was XXXX Gold Queensland Bulls allrounder James Hopes who was selected for Australia on its recent tour of New Zealand. Hopes graduated from the Cricket Academy in Adelaide in 1998.

The last Test player to come through the AIS program was Queensland allrounder Shane Watson who played against Pakistan in Sydney in January 2005, after going through the Cricket Academy in 2000.

The initial seven-week training block for this year's scholars (18 April - 3 June), focuses on fitness sessions, nutritional classes, public speaking and cricket history lessons in addition to specific cricket skills coaching.

This is followed by the final six-week program (13 June - 22 July), which will build upon the fitness and skills programs undertaken in the first block, as well as some match-specific training, including an Emerging Players tournament involving the New Zealand Cricket Academy and a Karnataka State Association team.

At the conclusion of the second block, 14 players and two coaches will head to India for a three-week tour involving four two-day matches, and three one-day games in Bangalore and Chennai, providing the scholars with a first-hand introduction to sub-continent conditions.

The 23 players were nominated by state selectors and chosen as a result of their performances in the Cricket Australia Cup and the various grade cricket competitions around the country.

All athletes in Centre of Excellence programs are accommodated at Griffith University (Nathan Campus) and the Allan Border Field and the University of Queensland facilities are used for various components of the training programs.

The 2005 Residential Scholarship Holders are:

Michael Shaw (ACT)

Stewart Heaney (ACT)

Aaron Bird (NSW)

Murray Creed (NSW)

James Packman (NSW)

Nathan Rimmington (QLD)

Greg Chiesa (QLD)

Nathan Reardon (QLD)

Gary Putland (SA)

Ken Skewes (SA)

Ryan Harris (SA)

Chris Duval (SA)

Jason Shelton (TAS)

Dane Anderson (TAS)

David Dawson (TAS)

Aiden Blizzard (VIC)

Clinton McKay (VIC)

Peter Nevill (VIC)

Carl Sandri (VIC)

Liam Davis (WA)

Clint Heron (WA)

Justin Coetzee (WA)

Hayden Patrizi (WA)