Keeper-batter Josh Philippe, batter Teague Wyllie and spin-bowling allrounder Cooper Connolly were chosen alongside five other Australian players of promise for the 10-day tour, which will run from August 7-17.

The National Selection Panel placed particular emphasis on selecting emerging batters and spin bowlers who would benefit from experiencing the unique conditions of Asian cricket.

Former Sri Lankan allrounder Thilan Samaraweera will take the reins as coach, while Australian great Glenn McGrath will join the coaching staff in his role as a consultant to the academy.

The camp will see the touring party integrate with local players at training, and during a two-day and a one-day match.

Meantime, left-arm Indian fast bowlers Chetan Sakarya and Mukesh Choudhary will play in the KFC T20 Max competition, train at the Bupa National Cricket Centre and join Queensland Bulls’ pre-season training as part of the exchange program.

Player and coaching exchanges between the MRF Pace Foundation and Cricket Australia have been in place for almost 20 years. This year’s exchange is the first since the onset of the pandemic.

Youth Squad for MRF Academy Tour:

Cooper Connolly (WA/Scarborough), Henry Hunt (SA/Kensington), Matt Kuhnemann (QLD/Gold Coast), Todd Murphy (Victoria/St Kilda), Josh Philippe (WA/Scarborough), Will Pucovski (Victoria/Melbourne), Tanveer Sangha (NSW/Campbelltown-Camden), Teague Wyllie (WA/Rockingham Mandurah)