Bourke held a trials last week and was pleased with the turnout of 15 experienced and new players.
While he is content with the bowling and fielding abilities of the players, it’s the batting that worries him the most.
Bourke says lack of fitness is their biggest drawback.
He hopes The Computer Man Rarotonga Cricket competition which started last week will help get the players in shape for the matches.
“Fitness is definitely an area that we are working on and also confidence in batting, which is lacking. I will have to build in that confidence in them,” Bourke says.
“The girls are training with their respective teams at the moment. The players that attended the trials will regroup this Friday when I will name the final team.”
“We are a great bowling unit and probably the best fielding team in the Pacific, however, we can’t put the opposition under pressure if we are not scoring runs.”
Bourke expects to select a mixture of young and experienced players for the matches against the Northern Districts Maori side.
The team is boosted with the return of talented Arorangi player Diana Tamaiva, who has come out of international retirement to represent her country once more.
Bourke says the match will provide a perfect build-up for the side in lead up of their coming international fixtures.
“We have the experience in seven returning current squad members with eight youngsters inspired to play for the national team.”
“I’m looking at picking a good mix of experienced and young players. I want to set a good platform for these young players so that they can build on their international career well.”
The national squad including the under-19s will have a training run tomorrow at the Matavera Field from 5.30pm.
Any U19s that missed the opportunity to trial out last week and are willing to represent the country are encouraged to attend this week’s training.