Australia announce Indoor World Cup squads

Australia’s Indoor Cricket National Champions for 2017 have been crowned, and four Australian squads have been selected to compete at the 2017 WICF Indoor Cricket World Cup in Dubai.

The 2017 Indoor Cricket National Championships concluded in Mackay on Saturday, with national titles claimed across the five Open divisions, and teams named to represent Australia at Open Men’s, Open Women’s, 21 & Under Men’s and 21 & Under Women’s level.

Australia is the reigning champion in each division, and will set out to defend its titles in September.

“It’s really pleasing for us to be able to select four strong teams to represent Australia at this year’s Indoor Cricket World Cup, as we look to maintain our status as world champions,” said Cricket Australia Indoor Cricket Manager, Briana Binch.

“The standard of competition across all the Open divisions was extremely high. With the addition of the Beastwear National Indoor Cricket League this year, our leading indoor cricketers are being exposed to more opportunities to test their skills at a high level, which is great to see.

“This year, we have seen a record number of players and teams compete at the National Championships, and by combining the Junior and Open Divisions for the first time, we have been able to showcase the pathway that’s available for aspiring indoor cricketers.

“Mackay has been a fantastic host for these championships, and we thank the Mackay Regional Council, Mackay Indoor Sports Arena and all our officials, players and supporters who have helped to make this year’s National Championships an overwhelming success.”

In the Open Men’s Division, the ACT edged out Queensland by just nine runs in the final, 84 to 75.

ACT’s Brock Winkler was named Player of the Final, after guiding his side to victory in their run chase, while teammate Luke Ryan won the Player of the Series award.

Queensland claimed two titles – the Open Women’s and 21 &…

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