There is a perception that Australian cricket is now through a dry spell. But in recent years, leagues like the Big Bash League and the Sheffield Shield have produced several intriguing new stars, and the success of athletes like Cameron Green and Will Pucovski portends well for the future. After the domestic season, let’s examine the top young Australian cricketers shaping the sport’s future.
1. Jake Fraser-McGurk
The imposing batsman debuted for Victoria in first-class and Listed A matches in 2019, scoring a half-century on both occasions. You won’t be shocked by that astounding statistic if you saw him earlier this year in the Big Bash League. For a struggling Melbourne Renegades team in BBL 10, the youthful player produced 127 runs and an impressive top score of 40. Throughout the game, he demonstrated his fielding skills by catching seven balls.
2. Mackenzie Harvey
Another prodigy who used BBL 10 to establish himself as one of Australia's top young cricketers is Mackenzie Harvey. The 20-year-old concluded the tournament as the Renegades’ third-most prolific hitter, scoring 198 runs while only throwing nine innings Aaron Finch, the struggling Gades captain, was outclassed by Harvey, who played with a maturity much above his years and averaged 28.29. All eyes were on him after his match winning innings of 47 runs off 21 balls against the Stars.
3. Wes Agar
It’s challenging to imagine a more horrific scene than Wes Agar charging in with the ball. The 6ft+ paceman is constructed differently from a typical quick bowler—more like a stocky rugby player. The powerful seamer has become one of Australia’s most talked-about young bowlers. Agar made his debut in South Australia two years ago, leading the team in wickets this year in both the Marsh Cup and the Sheffield Shield.
4. Cameron Green
It’s simple to overlook that Green is only 21 years old. After all, the all-rounder has recently excelled for Western Australia on top of his past Test and One-Day International appearances for his nation. Green is touted as Australia's next great all-around player, although recent media attention has focused primarily on his recent success with the bat. Green is destined for success because he finished the 2020–21 Shield season as the competition’s leading run-scorer.
5. Josh Philippe
Josh Philippe would have been among the BBL 10 stat leaders if James Vince and Alex Hales’ valiant efforts hadn’t prevented it. The Sydney Sixers wicket keeper-batsman finished third in run-scoring, 29 runs behind Vince and 35 runs behind Hales. He shone throughout the campaign. In white-ball cricket, Alex Carey seems to be Australia's top wicketkeeper. Therefore Philippe would have to wait for his turn.
6. Max Bryant
One of the fascinating young hitters in Australia is, without a doubt, Max Bryant. With 800 runs in three Big Bash League seasons, the big-hitting Goliath has already proven himself to be a crucial member of the Brisbane Heat team. With these numbers, it shouldn’t take him long to be given more responsibilities for Queensland. Australian cricket fans are thrilled with Bryant’s selection!
7. Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski has what it takes to become a real Test star. The 23-year-old did play his first Australian Test earlier this year. Before suffering a shoulder injury on the pitch, the Victorian batsman scored an outstanding 62 runs in his opening innings of the Test match. Although his Test debut was cut short, he is expected to play a significant role for Australia’s red-ball squad in the future. It is logical to believe that everyone wants Pucovski to succeed, given his struggles with mental health and several concussions.
8. Will Sutherland
In the last two matches of the 2019–20 season, Will Sutherland had two five-wicket hauls, giving him a strong start in the Sheffield Shield. Since then, he hasn’t turned back. The Victorian all-rounder had an effective economy rate of 2.83 and 18 wickets at the end of the previous season. He is anticipated to make his international debut soon. Sutherland, powerful through the crease, possesses all the tools to become an elite all-around player.
9. Jason Sangha
Sangha was benched after one Shield game this season because he hadn’t matured as quickly as he should have as a young player. The 21-year-old may occasionally be charming and is energetic in the crease, where he is overused. With two centuries for NSW and two half-centuries for the Sydney Thunder in the BBL, Sangha has already created a solid start to his career. He also has the potential to use some practical, supplemental leg spin.
10. Jack Edwards
Edwards batted far more loosely and aggressively than the Sydney Sixers had seen at the top of the order, scoring centuries in both the Marsh Cup and the Sheffield Shield. In seven T20 matches, Edwards averaged 40.4 and claimed nine wickets in grade cricket. His aggressive start batting placed his team ahead of the game.