Nick Buchanan returns to Queensland Academy of Sport Cricket Squad
Former Brisbane Heat paceman Nick Buchanan has been included in the Queensland Academy of Sport cricket squad for 2019-20.
Buchanan has returned home to Queensland after being part of the Tasmanian system for the past two years where he made his List ‘A’ debut for the Tigers in 2017-18.
The right-arm paceman last played in the Queensland Premier Cricket competition for the Gold Coast after previously being a member of the University of Queensland club.
Buchanan, who has played five games for the Heat in the KFC Big Bash League, is one of six inclusions in the QAS squad which will incorporate specialised skill sessions and conditioning as well as opportunities to train with the Queensland Bulls squad.
They will also come into contention for the national 2nd XI competition where the QAS won the Toyota Futures League four-day series and topped their T20 pool last summer.
Current Australian Under-19 allrounder Josh Kann has been included in the squad for the first time along with Australian Indigenous allrounder Jonte Pattison who impressed in his first season with Wests after relocating from NSW last year.
Pattison, who made his Futures League debut last season in T20 and four-day formats, is joined in the group by his Wests teammate Isaiah Snell, the Queensland Under-19 wicket-keeper in 2018-19.
Snell’s younger brother Tobias is also a ‘keeper and Queensland and National youth representative.
Kann emerged from the pack last season with a string of strong efforts with bat and ball in Youth and Premier Cricket, including a haul of 7-32 for the Gold Coast against Norths.
At the National Under-19 titles, the right arm quick took 11 wickets and hit 228 runs at an average of 32.6 and a strike-rate of 155 to earn an Australian call-up for the tour of Sri Lanka at the start of the year.
He will be in action again when the Australian Under-19s host matches at Redlands DCC in Brisbane next month.
Former Queensland Under-17 and Under-19 captain Angus Lovell and University of Queensland’s Jack Clayton are two young batsmen who will look to springboard off promising Premier Grade cricket performances to higher honours.
Clayton, who made his Futures League debut during the season, was the third leading runs-scorer in the Premier Grade competition across all formats, scoring 1138 runs at 49.48 including seven half centuries and three centuries.
He was a key performer for the Blues as they finished runners-up in the Fox Sports National Premier Grade Twenty20 competition in Adelaide earlier this year.
As a 16-year-old, Lovell was the youngest player to make his first grade debut for the Sunshine Coast Scorchers and stamped himself as a prospect to watch the 2016-17 National Under-17 titles when his haul of 489 runs was the most scored by a Queenslander in 35 years and earned him player of the tournament honours.
2019-20 Queensland Academy of Sport Development Squad:
Jack Clayton (University of Queensland), Nick Buchanan (TBC), Angus Lovell (Sunshine Coast), Jonte Pattison (Western Suburbs), Josh Kann (Gold Coast), Isaiah Snell (Western Suburbs).