Sydney Sixers Academy
Sydney Sixers Academy
The Sixers will welcome nine new faces into their Academy squad this summer, identifying the next generation of stars of the game and reinforcing the pathway to the BBL.
Among those faces is Jonte Pattison, the current Captain of the National Indigenous Squad, Nathan Ellis, the St George Players Player of last season, and Henry Thornton who was a member of the Melbourne Stars squad in BBL|05.
The squad will gather for a number of specialist training sessions from August that focus on T20 specific skills, before playing in a four-way tournament in November against the Thunder Academy, the Darren Lehmann Academy and a Sydney Grade XI.
This is the third season of the Sixers Academy squad, with a number of players making the step into the magenta during the BBL season.
Returning members of the Academy include Nick Larkin, Charlie Wakim and Riley Ayre, who all featured in the Sixers squad last season, as well as Randwick Petersham’s Daniel Sams and Manly’s Mickey Edwards.
Sixers Academy coach and one of the selectors for the squad, Gavan Twining, said selection relied on performance as well as talent identification.
“The selection process was very considered this season, to get a good mix of young up and coming players, with those who have performed well over the past two seasons in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup grade competition,” Twining said.
“However, there was certainly an emphasis on identifying some future talent and adding them to the squad for this season.
“Some of the younger players such as Henry Thornton, Jonte Pattison, Lewin Maladay and Declan White have recently come from the NSW U19 teams and are seen as future prospects in this form of the game. We saw last season, players such as Riley Ayre, Charlie Wakim and Nick Larkin, who were a part of the Sixers Academy, go on to be selected in the BBL squad at some stage during the season.
“The coaching staff is excited about the different skills and qualities each player will bring to the squad - especially the younger group who certainly play this format with freedom and express themselves in all parts of the game.
“The squad will train during August and September, with both specialist and full squad sessions, leading into their games in late October and early November. It is a great opportunity for the players to hone their T20 skills leading into the season.”
Sixers Head Coach, Greg Shipperd, added that the Academy formed an important part of the Sixers planning.
“The Sixers Academy is becoming a very important pathway for the Sixers in breeding the next generation of T20 cricketers, and Sixers players,” Shipperd said.
“Last season we had three players from our Academy team join our squad for the summer, with all three taking to the field in some capacity during the tournament.
“The Academy program forms a significant part of our preseason planning to ensure we have players to call on when required for the Sixers, and create depth in the talent pool within NSW.
“While the Academy provides a formal opportunity for these players during the selection window, we will be keeping a close eye on the early season performances in the Sydney Grade competition with all performing players remaining in calculations when the season arrives.”
Shipperd and Sixers Assistant Coach Geoff Lawson will be two of the specialist coaches for the Academy.
The BBL|06 Academy Squad is:
|Soumil Chhibber||Randwick Petersham|
|Nathan Ellis||St George|
|Nick Larkin||Sydney Uni|
|Nathan Price||Randwick Petersham|
|Anthony Sams||Randwick Petersham|
|Daniel Sams||Randwick Petersham|