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Cricket Australia 2015 national Indigenous Development Squad an Female Indigenous Scholarships Announced

Cricket Australia today announced the 2015 male National Indigenous Development Squad and female Indigenous scholarships.

The National Indigenous Development Squad, consisting of Australia’s most talented Indigenous cricketers, will be based at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane from July 3-14.

The squad will play matches against the Australia’s world championship-winning women’s team – the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars – and the National Performance Squad, which comprises some of the country’s best emerging male players.

The National Indigenous Development Squad will be coached by NSW Indigenous team captain and coach Jeff Cook, who will be assisted by former Victorian Bushrangers and Melbourne Stars coach Greg Shipperd and former Australia all-rounder James Hopes.

Cook and National Talent Manager Greg Chappell selected the squad based on performances over the past 12 months at club and representative level.

A 50-over match against the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars at Allan Border Field on Saturday July 4 will be the first match of the Indigenous squad’s program. That contest will be followed by four matches against the National Performance Squad.

“For the players selected, this is recognition of their fine performances over the last 12 months at club and representative level, and at the 2014 Imparja Cup,” Cook said.

“The two weeks at the Bupa National Cricket Centre will give the players a real taste of Australian Cricket’s high performance setup.

“It will give them all a great opportunity to test themselves against high calibre opposition, and help them further understand what is required to take the next step in their cricket development.”

“Nothing would make us prouder than seeing an Indigenous player earning a Baggy Green cap one day, which is why programs like these are so important.”

Cricket Australia also today announced the recipients of the 2015 Female Indigenous Scholarship recipients, Samara Williams and Jacinta Goodger-Chandler.

Williams and Goodger-Chandler will attend the Australian Under-18 Talent Camp at the Bupa National Cricket Centre from September 24-27.

The camp will be overseen by former Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

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