Reality check for young Aussies
April 10, 2007 AUSTRALIA'S cricketers of the future face a major challenge when they play world No.1 Pakistan in a five-match, Under 19 series starting in Brisbane on Friday.
Selectors are using the series to develop a squad to challenge for the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia, and Pakistan has won the past two competitions.
The Australia captaincy will be rotated in order to build a strong leadership base, with New South Wales's Simon Keen getting first go.
"India and Pakistan are the acknowledged world leaders when it comes to youth cricket with huge emphasis and resources placed in this area," said Australian team coach Brian McFayden.
"The Pakistan team have a different style of play to what is familiar in Australian youth cricket and this should give our players valuable experience."
The first two matches are at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, with the final three at Caloundra.