PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Will Pucovski of Victoria celebrates his double century during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Victoria at the WACA on October 17, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Victorian Will Pucovski headlines a group of eight Australian cricketers selected for a development training tour to India.

Cricket Australia and the MRF Pace Foundation in India have been involved in swaps of talent for development tours and coaching for the best part of 20 years, and this year's group for a ten-day visit has now been confirmed.

Pucovski will be joined by Josh Philippe, Teague Willie, Cooper Connolly, Henry Hunt, Matt Kuhnemann, Todd Murphy and Tanveer Sangha.

It's thought that Pucovski and Kuhnemann are the closest players to the Test side, while Henry Hunt - an opening batsman out of South Australia - has been earmarked as a potential future Aussie player.

Pucovski has had major issues with concussion throughout his career, playing just three games in last year's Sheffield Shield campaign are repeated head knocks.

Despite that, his inclusion on the tour suggests he could well be in the picture of selectors as they prepare to pick a side to play the four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India on the sub-continent early next year, at the completion of the home summer.

Pucovski is expected to return in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield this season for Victoria if he suffers no further setbacks.

Kuhnemann, on the other hand, was recently taken to Sri Lanka as part of the 'A' tour, and found himself in the main squad with a chance of debuting after a slew of injuries on the tour.

The other players are all earmarked as potential future Australian players in one format or another, with Philippe already playing in national colours in limited overs cricket, while Sangha has been close having been included in a previous T20 squad for a tour of New Zealand in early 2021.

The tour will include a two-day and one-day match with local players during the training block, with Glenn McGrath also included on the coaching staff to India, headed up by Thilan Samaraweera, a former Sri Lankan international all-rounder.

"It is exciting to renew the partnership with the MRF Academy and provide this group of young players a truly unique experience," said Australian men's selector Tony Dodemaide.

"Some have toured the subcontinent in the past so this trip will further refine their skills while others will gain valuable new experience in these testing conditions."