New South Wales may have struggled this season in the Sheffield Shield, or the Ford Ranger trophy but just like we have seen in the past they are again producing some talented cricketers. Hughes, Khawaja, Copeland, Hazlewood, Henriques, Smith, Starc and Cockley are some of the young players to watch out for.
Hughes- As we know that Hughes has already played for Australia and a lot has been written about his technique. Yes, he does have a unorthodox technique and would struggle against short pitch bowling as we saw in England but give him a bit of room like the Saffer quicks did in South Africa he would just make a mincemeat of it. He has to do something about backing away from the stumps and that may help him regain his place back int the Australian side. He has been a bit inconsistent this season but seems to have got his form back with a big hundred against South Australia.
Khawaja- Most Australian fans rate him highly. He is said to be a compact left-handed batsman who can play attractive shots. In 09/10 he has scored 485 runs in just 5 matches at an impressive average of 60.62. I'm sure that we will hear more about him in the future.
Copeland- Copeland this season burst onto the scene with a record haul of 10 wickets in his first match itself against the Qld bulls. He has continued to take wickets and has already got 23 wickets at 17.34 this season. The right arm seamer surely seems to be promising.
Hazlewood- A lot has already been written about this under 19 star as he continues to impress in the Sheffield Shield. From what I have seen of him, he is a tall guy who gets awkward bounce and has a bit of pace. He has lots of potential and would likely play for Australia.
Henriques- He still hasn't played to his potential in the Sheffield Shield but no doubt has some talent. Henriques, can play some attractive shots but has the habit of throwing his wicket away and that has let him down in his short career. He also seems to bowl within himself. Coaches can help but in the end but it is up-to Henriques to do justice to his talent.
Steve Smith- He is another exciting talent and at present is playing for the Australian T/20 team. A few have already compared him to Shane Warne which is unfair on Smith as he doesn't need to be compared to a legend like Warne at such an young age. He can surely hit the ball very hard especially through the midwicket region but can play even innovative shots like pulling it straight down the ground. Unlike many other fans, I'm still not convinced about his leg spin and it would be better if the media doesn't compare him to Warne.
Starc- Starc, the left armer is said to be a good prospect as well. I have seen a few Aussie supporters saying that he can get some nice swing with the new ball.
Cockley too has done reasonably well as a medium pacer in the Sheffield Shield but seems to be injury prone and has been sidelined by a stress fracture on the back. He even got called up for the tour of India recently.
A few of the above mentioned players may not end up as successful cricketers but they all seem to have potential. I would surely keep an eye on all of them.