The Australian A side had a hard time getting a strong total on the board. They only had to chase 55 in their first match and were rolled for 107 shortly after. The bowling line-up, which was more settled, had a much more consistent tournament than the batsmen. See full stats here.
Australia A Top Performers:
Chris Tremain, VIC, 25
As in the four-day matches, Tremain was Australia A’s best bowler. He opened the tournament with two consecutive five wicket hauls against India A & NPS. Unfortunately, the end of his Quad Series was much quieter. He was rewarded with a spot on the Australian tour to South Africa, which he thoroughly deserved. 13 wickets at an average of 15.3 was a great return.
Nic Maddinson, NSW, 24
‘Maddo’ came into the squad only once Chris Lynn had flown out for Sri Lanka, and made an immediate impact with 118 against India A. However, it meant we only saw him twice in the tournament.
Kurtis Patterson, NSW, 23
Patterson was selected to open the innings for Australia A and his numbers look okay: 170 runs at 34. However, apart from his brilliant 115 against India, the other five innings produced just 55 runs. Four from the NPS scored more for the tournament. After a break-out Sheffield Shield season last year, maybe his limited overs game needs a little fine-tuning.
Daniel Worrall, SA, 25
Another man who has been rewarded with an Australian tour, the big-hearted Dan Worrall. His Shield season was unbelievable, and recent form pretty good too. He took seven wickets at 28.9 for the Quad Series, including a 4-26 against India A. He’s a very attacking bowler but as we saw in the BBL, he can be very accurate too.
Cam Bancoft: 108 runs at 54
Chris Lynn: 103 runs at 34.3
Glenn Maxwell: 56 runs at 28, 1 wicket at 57
Peter Handscomb: 87 runs at 21.8
Marcus Stoinis: 91 runs at 15.16, 5 wickets at 30
Alex Ross: 59 runs at 14.8
Sam Whiteman: 14 runs at 14
Joe Mennie: 3 wickets at 26
Kane Richardson: 5 wickets at 39.4
Cam Boyce: 6 wickets at 35.2
National Performance Squad
Unlike the Australian A side, the NPS really struggled to find a consistent wicket taker. However, the NPS scored more runs than Australia A, against the same opposition. They had some good victories over South Africa A and Australia A, but were outclassed in the other matches they played. See the full stats here.
National Performance Squad Top Performers:
Sam Heazlett, QLD, 20
The young opener from Queensland was easily the best batsman from the NPS, and the most prolific from either Australian side. His 289 runs included two 50s and a century against South Africa, at an average of 72.3. The left hander made his first class debut last season and averaged 40 from nine impressive games.
Hilton Cartwright, WA, 24
All-rounder Cartwright has been around for a few seasons now, and had a very solid tournament. He chalked up 199 runs at 39.8 and took four wickets at 31.8. The 24-year-old, who was born in Zimbabwe, showed his versatility, opening in some matches and bowling the death overs in others.
Sam Harper, VIC, 19
Former Australian Under-19 captain Sam Harper had a pretty good tournament with bat and gloves. The Victorian made 174 runs and looks like a great prospect for the future. Made his first class debut last season in Matthew Wade’s absence.
Matt Short, VIC, 20
Victorian all-rounder Short took the captaincy of the NPS after Sean Abbott’s injury. It didn’t negatively affect his performances; in fact, they only improved once he had the leadership. He made 173 runs including a 70 in the final match against SA A, but only claimed three wickets with his off-spin.
Tom O’Donnell, VIC, 19
Yep, the name looks familiar. Simon’s son burst onto the scene with his left-arm pace, capturing 4-28 in a scintillating spell against India A. He played Under-19 cricket for Australia in January and will have his eye on the Bushrangers’ squad this summer. Six wickets at 20.2 (in three games) was his final tally.
Sean Abbott: 62 runs at 62, 2 wickets at 35
Caleb Jewell: 95 runs at 15.8
Clint Hinchliffe: 74 runs at 24.7
Matt Renshaw: 47 runs at 23.5
Josh Inglis: 62 runs at 20.7
Michael Neser: 47 runs at 15.7, 3 wickets at 39.7
David Grant: 5 wickets at 40
David Moody: 4 wickets at 48
Arjun Nair: 2 wickets at 63
Kyle Gardiner: 2 wickets at 60
Sam Grimwade: 1 wicket at 59
Mitch Swepson: 1 wicket at 127