On Friday, 1st May, the Austria A-Team trial took place to select players who will be invited to join the Austria A-Team training and development squad. Over 35 players from 11 clubs took part in a 70 over test of cricketing skills at the Austria Cricket Stadium, (ACS), Markommanenstrasse, in Vienna. They were watched and assessed by Oscar Wanigasekera, (head coach), Marcel Biersteker (coach), Anish Gupta (Development Officer, ACA) and Matt Toogood (SNASY).
And there was some real young talent and potential on display, with players aging from 16 to 28, with all types of bowler – right arm fast, left arm fast, leg break, off break and slow left arm, some powerful and some more cultured batting performances and some quality keeping and fielding skills.
A young squad will now be selected, who will train together twice weekly at the ACS, led by head coach Oscar Wanigasekera. From the squad, players will selected to take part in an international tournament in July and then a UK tour in August – all of which further develops our young talented players and our future national teams.
All of this, of course, builds on years of dedication to cricket in Austria by many individuals and as head coach Oscar said, “our job now is to take it further into the future, improving the quality of cricket and the depth of cricket at all levels in Austria”.