Norfolk star Callum Taylor gets England U19 call for Australia tour

Norfolk v Bucks, Minor Counties Championship, July 2013, Callum Taylor. Picture: Tim Ferley

Norfolk v Bucks, Minor Counties Championship, July 2013, Callum Taylor. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Tim Ferley

Norfolk and Swardeston batsman Callum Taylor has been named in the England Under-19 squad for an upcoming tour of Australia.

The 17-year-old former Cromer High School pupil signed a two-year professional contract with Essex CCC this winter and can now look forward to an England U19 debut as well.

The touring party will play five one-day matches and a four-day match against Australia U19s in Western Australia next month. The four-day match will be played at the WACA from April 6-9, followed by one-day games on April 13 and 15 in Bunbury, and 18, 21 and 24 at Murdoch University.

England Development Programme chairman of selectors, David Graveney, said: 'This is the first time that an England U19 squad has toured Australia in over 10 years, and it represents a fantastic development opportunity for all of the players – particularly the chance to play a four-day match at the WACA.

'With all but one of the players selected eligible for the 2016 ICC U19 World Cup in Bangladesh next February, this tour, along with the subsequent reciprocal series on home soil in August, forms a hugely important part of England's preparation for that tournament.

'This will be the first time we have played Australia U19s since we beat them in the third place play-off match in last year's ICC U19 World Cup in UAE. That was a closely contested affair and we expect this series to be equally hard fought. Every Australian team that plays the game is always extremely competitive, and their U19 squad will be no different, especially given the quality of coaching provided by the likes of Greg Chapple, Graeme Hick and Troy Cooley.

'The fact that 2015 is an Ashes year for the men and women will only heighten interest in this U19 series, and I am certain that all 16 of the England players selected for the tour will be keen to set the tone for the summer.'

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Australia U19s are due to subsequently visit England in August for a reciprocal tour, once again consisting of a one-off four-day match and five one-day fixtures.

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