Riverside young gun Cooper Anthes is among four Tasmanians in the 52-player squad for Cricket Australia's rookie pathways program for season 2019-20.
The 16-year-old Riverside High School student joins under-17 state teammates Sam Wright, Nicholas Davis and Hunter Douglas in the program overseen by former Australian representative trio Graham Manou, Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers.
Returning from the under-17 national championships last month, the all-rounder amassed 143 runs at an average of 23.83 and took eight wickets at 25.75, while Wright earned selection in the competition's best 11 which will see him compete in the under-19 titles.
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Now holding the role of national talent and pathway manager, five-time Australian representative Manou said the program offers a great opportunity to the country's best young players.
"In recent years the program has been hugely successful. From last season's intake, both Jake Fraser-McGurk and Tanveer Sangha were recognised by Big Bash clubs, while previous program graduates Jack Edwards, Will Sutherland, Xavier Bartlett and Cameron Green are among those enjoying success at Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup level," he said.
"I am delighted with the squad we have selected. There is no shortage of potential within the group and I look forward to seeing this year's intake make the most of this opportunity."
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