WA unveils massive squad for summer opening

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Western Australia have named a near-international roster for the start of the Australian men’s summer with 10 of the 12 players who will face South Australia in tomorrow’s Marsh One Day Cup match after representing their country.

Even opener Sam Whiteman can claim to have played for Australia A, meaning crimper Matt Kelly is the only member of the 12-man WA squad who hasn’t donned the green and gold at some point. given of his senior career.

However, it will be something of an appearance for some of WA’s biggest names with skipper Mitchell Marsh and all-rounder Ashton Agar expected to return home to Perth immediately after tomorrow’s game and skip the next Shield match. starting on Friday.

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The duo – along with SA fashion designer Kane Richardson – are members of the Australian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman next month and have focused their pre-season training on white ball cricket. .

Goalkeeper-beater Josh Inglis is also a member of the 15-member World Cup squad due to leave Australia in early October.

However, barely returning from a stay in the UK after which he had to serve two weeks in quarantine, Inglis is keen to play as much cricket as possible before leaving.

“Everyone has trained incredibly hard and we can’t wait to get to Adelaide for the first round of matches,” said Inglis.

“There is a lot of talent in our team and we think we can go a long way this year in both competitions.”

The absence of these players, along with white ball specialist bowlers Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye, from Team WA’s Shield will provide little respite for SA hitters as ex-Test quick Jhye Richardson enters the team for their first Marsh Sheffield Shield game for almost two years.

Richardson will be joined in Team Shield by other Test Players Cameron Bancroft and Hilton Cartwright, who were unable to make their way into WA’s One Day Cup all-star squad.

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After finishing second to New South Wales in last year’s Marsh Cup final and third in the Shield competition, WA is looking to start its season strong against an opponent who has undergone significant changes in search of success.

SA finished last in both competitions last summer, and after undergoing an extensive review of their men’s program led by former Australian Test star Michael Hussey in 2020, the Redbacks actively recruited interstate during the winter.

Two of them – versatile Nathan McSweeney (Queensland) and Nathan McAndrew (New South Wales) – have been included in the squad for tomorrow’s game, while former WA hitter Jake Carder is expected to be in. Vying for a possible Shield debut for SA against his former team on Friday.

McSweeney, 22, is a former Australian Under-19 representative who has yet to make an A-List domestic game, despite having made five first-class appearances for the Bulls since 2018.

McSweeney played five Shield games for Queensland before heading to South Africa this year // Getty

McAndrew is best known for his T20 exploits with Sydney Thunder in the KFC BBL, although he has played two domestic games for the Blues (in 2019) while his three first class games so far have been with Auckland when he has spent the summer of 2015-16 playing in New Zealand.

The powerfully built right-hander is one of five SA squad set-ups for the Marsh Cup season opener alongside new Australian cape Wes Agar, Kane Richardson who will travel to the T20 World Cup in the Arab Emirates united and in Oman next month, Nick Winter and Dan Worrall.

As cricket.com.au reported yesterday, SA couldn’t consider hitting fast bowling rookie Brendan Doggett whose preseason schedule was delayed due to SA’s border closure with Queensland over early this year, or the young all-rounder Liam Scott who has a thigh injury.

“There are so many new faces to our team this season, both on and off the pitch, and we’ve had an incredible winter collaboration as a team while working extremely hard to produce our best cricket,” he said. said Gillespie.

“The competition for places has been fierce; we know it takes more than the 11 selected players to get the results we want, and therefore our entire unit will continue to work together as we proudly represent South Australia on the national scene.

“We can’t wait to get out there and play cricket.”

The last March Cup meeting between the teams was a run-fest in Perth where the home side posted an impressive 5-369 from 50 overs with centuries of Shaun Marsh and Cameron Green before SA missed 13 in a pursuit anchored by a 226- run the second wicket between Harry Nielsen (110) and Travis Head (142).

Head only recently returned from a stint in the English county of Sussex where he struggled to make an impact in first class competition (183 races at an average of 18.30 and a best score of 49 no ) before finding his feet in the One Day Cup. where he was the team’s top scorer with 291-58.20 (and a strike rate of nearly 112).

The Redbacks’ most recent squad for a day (which lost to Victoria last April) are missing allrounder rookie Corey Kelly and leg spinner Lloyd Pope, though Pope is expected to push for inclusion in the squad. SA’s Shield team – due to be named Thursday – after impressive form in the final preseason test matches.

Rhythm bowlers Lance Morris and Liam Guthrie are the only names missing from the WA XI which lost to NSW by 102 points in the Marsh Cup final last season, although Morris was included in Team Shield while Guthrie couldn’t make his way through either of the strong alignments.

Marsh One-Day Cup – Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide (September 22, local start at 10am)

South Australian Team: Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Ryan Gibson, Sam Kerber, Jake Lehmann, Nathan McAndrew, Nathan McSweeney, Harry Nielsen, Kane Richardson, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Dan Worrall.

Western Australia Team: Mitchell Marsh (C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Shaun Marsh, Josh Philippe, D’Arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.

Sheffield Marsh Shield – Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide (September 24-27, local departure at 10 a.m.)

SA team: to be named

WA team: Shaun Marsh (C), Cameron Bancroft, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Lance Morris, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Josh Philippe, Sam Whiteman.

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