James Faulkner will lead Australia A against India A and South Africa as Aussie look to groom new leaders. The young all-rounder will lead some of Australia's young talents, some of whom were recently seen in action in the Indian Premier league. Faulkner will lead in four four-day matches against A teams from India and South Africa in July and August.
With an eye on the future, Australia look to have short-listed Faulkner, Steven Smith and Cameron White as future leaders. Twenty-four-year-old Faulkner has already played some match-winning knocks for the senior team and seems capable to handle developmental teams.
"James is a young man with plenty of character and possesses a great desire to win," the new national selector Rod Marsh said of Faulkner. "He is still developing as an all-rounder but we believe this captaincy provides him an opportunity to do that as well as develop his leadership skills."
Australia A squads
Four-day matches against India XI in Brisbane: James Faulkner (captain), Cameron Boyce, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Peter Forrest, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Sam Whiteman (wk)
One day matches in Darwin and Palmerston: Cameron White (captain), Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Callum Ferguson, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Clint McKay, Peter Nevill (wk), Kane Richardson
Four-day matches against South Africa XI in Townsville: James Faulkner (captain), Jason Behrendorff (subject to fitness), Tom Cooper, Ben Cutting, Callum Ferguson, Peter Forrest, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Chris Lynn, Peter Nevill (wk), Steve O'Keefe (subject to fitness), Chadd Sayers.