Australian Cricket Pathway


When cricketers are identified, how do we continually develop a players skills to enable them to reach their potential? Thankfully there’s a clear and attractive pathway for cricketers to maximise their talent.

Potential is Identified

Premier 1sts, national youth competitions & programs

Cricket’s network of State and Territory and National Talent staff will identify the best school and club cricketers. These players will be challenged further to develop their skills within National Youth competitions. Players at this level will be competing with Premier Clubs and with State and Territory Youth teams (U17, U19 for males; U16, U19 for females).

In addition, National youth programs such as the Talent squads for females are implemented to further challenge and stretch these players.

Skill & Determination

National 2nd tier competition & performance program

In addition to cricket skill – determination, decision making and positive self-management are important elements of a players make up and are a key focus at this stage. A greater emphasis is placed on the ability of the player to demonstrate both the physical and mental skills required.

Players will have the opportunity to undertake intense individualised training programs. Regular high level performances at Premier Cricket and 2nd tier State Team level will be a highlight. Australian U19 Team (male) and the National Performance Squad provide an opportunity to gain touring experience both in Australia and overseas.

Strong Performances

National senior competitions

This level provides opportunities to taste the conditions and pressures of a being a State, BBL or WBBL contracted player. Being on a full-time program and accessing the best staff and facilities in preparation for possible national representation. Players are tested in all available formats around the country to measure themselves against their peers in the strongest domestic competitions available in world cricket.


Australia A & CBA Shooting Stars

Competition will be fierce within the National Senior Competitions (Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup, Women’s National Cricket League, BBL and WBBL) and those that perform and contribute to their teams on the big stage will be targeted for Australia A (male) and CBA Shooting Stars (female). Performances in these teams provide a breakthrough opportunity to Australian Teams.