McDougall a step closer to under-19 World Cup selection
Taranaki allrounder James McDougall is more hopeful than confident of playing in the under-19 World Cup in Australia this year.
McDougall has been named in a backup squad of 15 for the New Zealand team.
The travelling team, with Taranaki batsman William Young as captain, was selected after the pre-World Cup quadrangular tournament in Australia last April.
The backup squad of 15 has been named in no particular order.
McDougall, a former New Plymouth Boys' High School pupil who scored an unbeaten century for Central Districts under-18 last summer, is currently studying commerce and the arts at Victoria University in Wellington.
"It's pretty encouraging to get that recognition," McDougall said on his selection.
"I was pretty happy with it and while it's a long shot it would be great if I did get to go and play in the World Cup."
The right-hand batsman and legspin bowler made his debut for the Taranaki representative team last season and has been following a NZC training regime to prepare in case he is required and the callup does come his way.
"Obviously I'd only get a callup if someone got sick or injured and then it would depend on who [from the travelling squad] needed to be replaced as to who they would take."
Sixteen countries are to participate in the under-19 World Cup being played in Queensland. Qualifying matches are scheduled to start on August 7.
McDougall confirmed he will be back in Taranaki and available to play representative cricket next summer.
"I'll play the first month of the season for a club in Wellington and when uni is finished I'll be back home to play premier grade cricket for New Plymouth Old Boys," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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