Jonathan Merlo is a 21 year old former Australian Under 19 cricketer from Melbourne. He made his first class debut for Victoria in the final round of the 2019/20 Sheffield Shield season in a season where he played all 3 formats at the top level for Victoria and the Melbourne Stars.
The 2019/20 season was also his most productive season in premier cricket where he started to come into his own averaging 48 for St Kilda Cricket Club. This included an unbeaten century in their only final to lead the team to victory. Along with being a middle order batsman Merlo also bowls medium pace and has been a constant wicket taker for St Kilda in the past few years.
Merlo has averaged nearly 40 with the bat across the last 2 seasons of futures league cricket. He also made 78 against a test quality Pakistan bowling attack in a tour match during the 2019/20 summer