Ingleburn's Tanveer Sangha named in Australian squad

Massive: Tanveer Sangha is one of three uncapped players named in the Australian T20 squad to tour New Zealand. Picture: Sydney Thunder
Massive: Tanveer Sangha is one of three uncapped players named in the Australian T20 squad to tour New Zealand. Picture: Sydney Thunder

Following a stellar debut season in the BBL - and with the finals still ahead of him - Ingleburn's Tanveer Sangha has been named in the Australia T20 squad to tour New Zealand in February and March.

The 19-year-old leg-spinner is one of three uncapped players brought into the 18-man squad ahead of the five-match trans-Tasman T20 series.

Joining the Sydney Thunder superstar for their debut Aussie selections are Sydney Sixers wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe and Hobart Hurricanes quick Riley Meredith.

Sangha has had a meteoric rise in the Big Bash this season, impressing fans, fellow players and selectors alike.

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts player finished the regular season equal third on the wicket-taking table (21 dismissals), level with Adelaide Strikers' Wes Agar (who will count himself unlucky not to be named in the touring squad alongside brother Ashton).

Sangha was the Thunder's most prolific wicket-taker of the BBL10 season.

The full 18-man Australia T20 squad:

  • Aaron Finch (c)
  • Ashton Agar
  • Jason Behrendorff
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Ben McDermott
  • Riley Meredith
  • Josh Philippe
  • Kane Richardson
  • Jhye Richardson
  • Daniel Sams
  • Tanveer Sangha
  • D'Arcy Short
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Ashton Turner
  • Andrew Tye
  • Matthew Wade
  • Adam Zampa

Sangha previously represented Australia in the under-19 World Cup in 2019, alongside Thunder teammate Ollie Davies and Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Jake Fraser-McGurk.

Australian selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement that the selectors were "most impressed" by Sangha's recent form.

"Adam Zampa has developed into one of the best spinners in international white ball cricket and we have been most impressed by Tanveer Sangha, who has been brilliant throughout the pathways and with the Sydney Thunder this season," he said.

"In a World Cup year, it's exciting to select a squad that combines some of the biggest names in international T20 cricket with the best emerging players in the country.

"We like the balance of this squad for what should be a thrilling series against the Black Caps."

T20 tour schedule:

  • Game One, Monday, February 22, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 5pm
  • Game Two, Thursday, February 25, University of Otago Oval, Dunedin, noon
  • Game Three, Wednesday, March 3, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 5pm
  • Game Four, Friday, March 5, Eden Park, Auckland, 5pm
  • Game Five, Sunday, March 7, Bay Oval, Tauranga, noon
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