The Blues have named two new contracted players, three new rookies and six Australian contracted players meaning coach Trent Johnston has the depth of talent available to have a big say in the domestic trophies this summer.
As expected, Australian captain Steve Smith was named captain of the New South Wales squad. The two new additions to the Cricket NSW contracted players are quick bowlers Charlie Stobo and Henry Thornton. Stobo, the son of former State fast bowler Richard Stobo, was brought into the state squad last season making a huge impact in his debut. Stobo claimed seven wickets against South Australia in December but injury hampered the second half of his season.
Stobo has drawn praise from Johnston for his promotion to the squad, “Charlie Stobo has been very impressive in Grade cricket and we identified him quite early as someone of huge interest for us. His line and length bowling is very good. He’s a huge talent.”
Thornton (20) is a former Australian Under 19s representative who has been upgraded from the Rookie List. Thornton was identified early in his career after being selected in the Under 13s Academy squad for New South Wales. Thornton played a key part in the NSW Metro team that claimed the Under 19s National Championships. He was then selected to play a series against England in Perth where he was the leading wicket-taker in the One Day format with 13 wickets at an average of 13.46.
Wealth of international talent available
As in recent years, New South Wales has a wealth of players with international experience. Along with Steve Smith are Australian vice-captain David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon who are Cricket Australia contracted representatives. Doug Bollinger, Ed Cowan, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Moises Henriques, Stephen O’Keefe and Trent Copeland, who are part of the NSW Squad for 2017/18, have had stints with the national side.
There are some exciting additions to the Rookie List with Jordan Gauci, Dan Fallins and Param Uppal added. Gauci and Uppal are former representatives of the Australian Under 19s and are top order batsmen with a huge amount of potential while Fallins is a leg spinner who is part of the National Performance Squad with Cricket Australia. Cult Hero Mickey Edwards is also included on the Rookie List. Edwards became famous as a substitute fielder in the Sydney Test against Pakistan. His flowing locks gave the 22-year-old exposure to the nation as he plied his trade with Sydney Grade Club Manly-Warringah.
New South Wales is set up to at least make the finals of both Domestic competitions.
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NSW Contracted Players 2017/18
Steve Smith, Arjun Nair, Ben Dwarshius, Charlie Stobo, Daniel Hughes, David Warner, Doug Bollinger, Ed Cowan, Gurinder Sandhu, Harry Conway, Henry Thornton, Jay Lenton, Josh Hazlewood, Kurtis Patterson, Mitchell Starc, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin, Pat Cummins, Peter Nevill, Ryan Gibson, Sean Abbott, Stephen O’Keefe, Trent Copeland, Will Somerville.
Rookie List 2017/18: Dan Fallins, Jason Sangha, Jordan Gauci, Liam Hatcher, Mickey Edwards, Param Uppal.
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