October 07, 2017

Todd MurphyCricket player Todd Murphy. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Moama export Todd Murphy has been selected in the Australian under-17 cricket team.

Murphy, 16, will play alongside 13 other rising stars of the game at the under-19 National Championships in Tasmania this summer as part of the Cricket Australia XI side.

The massive accolade for Murphy comes after he dominated last week’s under-17 National Championships.

Playing for Victoria Country for the second year in a row, Murphy hit 278 runs at an average of 34.8 for the tournament, while also taking 13 wickets at 17.6 and with an economy rate of 3.3 runs an over.

The performance was not only enough for Murphy to receive national recognition, but also be voted the second best player of the championships with 19 votes, behind only South Australian Kyle Brazell on 25.

Murphy will be in esteemed hands when he lines up for the Cricket Australia XI in December, with former Australian Test cricketers Ryan Harris (coach) and Matthew Elliott (assistant coach) to provide guidance at the event.

And Cricket Australia national talent manager and national selection panel member Greg Chappell said Murphy could be in line for further outstanding achievements.

‘‘All of the players selected are very exciting young cricketers who have performed well at this carnival and we look forward to seeing how they step up at the next level,’’ he said.

‘‘These boys will go on to play as a team at the under-19 National Championships, and will come into calculations for the Australia under-19 team that goes to New Zealand in January to play in the 2018 ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup.’’

Murphy will not be seen plying his trade on local pitches this summer between national commitments, as he has transferred from Moama to Bendigo District Cricket Association club Sandhurst for the coming season, with an eye towards trying his luck in the Melbourne Premier League ranks in the near future.

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