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In the last of a three-part series, today CA Centre of Excellence Head Coach and former Australia bowling coach Troy Cooley nominates his Top 5 Young Gun Bowlers to watch in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
Jason Behrendorff (Perth Scorchers)
Troy says: Jason Behrendorff is an exciting left-arm paceman. A product of the ACT program under the lead of Andrew Dawson, Jason has taken advantage of his opportunities. Recruited by the WACA and Scorchers, Jason has worked hard to find a place in his new state and is a young talent to watch. Under the guidance of pace coach Adam Griffith, Jason will be a handful with his swing and bounce which will suit the BBL format especially at home on the WACA pitch.
Kane Richardson (Adelaide Strikers)
Troy says: Kane Richardson is a another young talented player that made the move out of his home early to continue his development. Kane grew up in the NT before being recruited to SA and the Strikers. A tall right arm quick that is well suited to the short format, Kane is an Under 19 World Cup champion. He's returned some good performances already this season indicating he'll be on song and keen to show off his all-round skills in the BBL, not only with the ball but with the bat and in the field also.
Sean Abbott (Sydney Thunder)
Troy says: Sean Abbott's all-round skills will be worth a look in the BBL arena when the Thunder roll out. A solid and repeatable action that has been developed under the watchful eye of Craig McDermott and recently Anthony Stuart, he can hit yorkers and will be a good 'death' option especially if there's any reverse on offer. A strong clean hitter and a bullet throwing arm round off an exciting young player for this exciting game.
James Faulkner (Melbourne Stars)
Troy says: It's hard to comprehend that James Faulkner is only 22 but he brings a refined skill set for BBL. The way he took down one of the biggest hitters in the game, Chris Gayle, last year showed he has quickly developed the variety of deliveries expected for this game. A tough competitor, Jimmy will be looking to be a big contributor to the Melbourne Stars this year.
Josh Hazlewood (Sydney Sixers)
Troy says: Josh Hazlewood is a big quick picking up from where he left off after his debut with the Australian ODI team in 2010. His attributes, form and ability to get that extra bounce will make it hard for the power hitters to take him on. Fresh from Champions League Twenty20 success, at 21 Josh offers the BBL another exciting young player to keep a close eye on this summer.
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