Australia have placed their faith in youth for this month's Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes. Making a welcome return to the world's premier sixes event after a two-year absence, a squad comprising a sextet of players tipped for future stardom will have every incentive to shine at the Kowloon Cricket Club on October 22-23. The team will be captained and coached by Tim Nielsen, the 37-year-old former South Australian player, who is head coach of Australian cricket's Centre of Excellence. The remaining six players, each representing a different state, have an average age of 21. Nathan Reardon (Queensland) and Ken Skewes (South Australia) are both 20, Dane Anderson (Tasmania) is 21, Beau Casson (Western Australia) and Daniel Christian (New South Wales) are both 22 and Liam Buchanan (Victoria) is 24. The team will be managed by Geoff Allardice, cricket manager of Cricket Australia. Drawn in pool one, the Australians will start their campaign against hosts Hong Kong. They will then face Sri Lanka, last year's beaten Cup finalists and a powerful England team. Clive Howard, chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association, said: 'They're bringing a talented group of young cricketers who may well go on to be the next generation of test match stars, as did England's Andrew Flintoff after his appearance here in 2001. I'm sure they will be fired up for their first encounter with an England team since losing the Ashes.' Given their dominance of test cricket over the past decade, Australia's record at the Sixes is poor. Only once have they reached the Cup final, losing to England in 1994. On their last two appearances in Hong Kong, in 2001 and 2002, they failed to qualify for the Cup.