Former Sydney Thunder BBL player Simon Keen has been named to lead the NSW Country squad that will play in next year’s Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships.
Keen is part of a 14-man squad which will represent the Bush Blues in Geraldton, Western Australia, from the 5 to 13 January.
There are also three Central Coast players in the squad along with three from ACT Southern, and one from Western Zone, Riverina, North Coast, Illawarra and Central Northern.
The Bush Blues are the defending 50-over champions but were beaten by Queensland for the overall title when the Twenty20 component of the tournament was added. It was the first time that Twenty20 cricket had been played in the Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships.
NSW Country claimed back to back titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
NSW Country squad
Simon Keen (c) (Central Coast), Graeme Batty (Illawarra), Scott Burkinshaw (Central Coast), Burt Cockley (Newcastle), Tom Engelbrecht (ACT Southern), Ryan Fenning (Central Coast), Nick Foster (Newcastle), Tom Groth (Central Northern), Ben Mitchell (ACT Southern), Jordan Moran (Western), Jonathan Nicoll (Riverina), Tom O'Neill (Central Coast), Joe Price (Newcastle), Cameron Suidgeest (ACT Southern), Caleb Ziebell (Nth Coastal)
Coach – Jeff Cook (Central Northern), Ass Coach Manager – Robbie Jackson (Riverina), Physio – Llew Scott (Illawarra), Scorer – David Redden (Newcastle)