Colac export for national talent camp

Meyrick Buchanan will attend an under-18 talent camp. Picture: Getty Images.

CRICKET Australia has selected Colac cricket export Meyrick Buchanan for an under-18 national talent camp.

Buchanan is one of two Victorians in a list of the best 24 Australian under-18s set to attend the four-day camp later this month.

The Melbourne Renegades batsman, who opted to focus on cricket over a potential AFL career, heads to CA’s Centre of Excellence based at Brisbane’s Allan Border Oval.

Buchanan has been part of Australian under-19 touring squads to Dubai and will go through a range of tests, training, psychological profiling and match scenarios in Brisbane.

Cricket Australia talent manager Greg Chappell said the camp aimed to identify the next crop of Australian cricket talent.

“Early talent identification is important in our search for Australia’s next James Pattinson or David Warner and this talent camp is an important step in the process,” he said.

“We monitored the 2011-12 national championships very closely and we have selected a group of players that we think have shown some good ability.

“We hope to learn a bit more about their talents at the camp.”

Chappell said Buchanan would have a detailed improvement pathway after completing the camp.

“After a week of test and skill analysis of each player’s talent, we can then formulate specific pans to enhance their development,” he said.

“State talent managers will be in attendance and I have no doubt they will be looking for stand-out performers to potentially fill rookie contracts next season.”

Buchanan managed 11 runs in one appearance with the Renegades and has scored 291 runs at an average of 32 in nine matches with Victorian premier cricket team Geelong.

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