Sheffield Shield is back on Friday with the final leg of Australia’s first-class competition.
Taking a firm look at Australia’s mid-year Test Bangladesh tour, we take a look at five burning questions for the remainder of the season.
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Next Generation Steps?
With the world-class talent of Marnus LaBaschagan and the Travis Head Test locking themselves in the middle order, the next Australian batters are introducing themselves.
However, until now, the Sheffield Shield season is related to the aging head of the competition.
Western Australia’s Shaun Marsh (66০০ 66 at 66.66), Tom Cooper of South Australia (56১ at .00১.) And Tasmania’s Alex Dulan (৪8৮ at 8.80) led the charts in recordings before heading into mid-season. Marsh, Cooper and Dolan are 36 years old, 33 years old and 34 years old respectively. Fifth-ranked Mises Henriques (453-on-453) is also 33 years old.
At least theoretically, there is nothing wrong with Shield veterans dominating the competition as it means the next generation will be forced to move to the front of the Test selection queue.
This means that selectors should have ready and battle-hardened players for the test run when needed. As Matthew Wade has shown, being on the wrong side of 30 does not mean that you are out of the running for a test call-up.
The question that remains to be answered is if the next generation is ready to make their case for the election.
Southwestern opener Jack Weatherdell (5 at 2), 21, is the only batsman to score 20, the only batsman in his mid-20s among the top five runners in the Shield, but he is the only rising star to have enjoyed himself in the first-class tournament so far. No
Western Australia all-rounder Cameron Green, 25, is holding the tournament to commemorate the bats (1 at 6..6), putting Nick Madinson (8 at 8.60) and Alex Kerry (6 at 55.6) in the selection frame. Name. Curtis Patterson returns to NSW after missing the first half of the season through an injury.
If they can maintain their rage for the remainder of the season, Australia’s batting stocks look strong for a long time.
If Australia’s bowling arsenal was concerned for the past two years, it lacked depth in the spin-bowling division.
Nathan Lyon’s incredible fitness and durability is no problem coming back to bite them at any stage so far.
However, the second spinner to come with a tour of Bangladesh will require not only Leon’s back-up, but also a bowling option.
The door is open for Mitch Swepson, who is approaching his Test debut at the SCG earlier this year.
Leg-spinner Sweepson has jumped in the last 12 months and is enjoying the best shield campaign of his career, scoring 12 wickets with a 2.5.5-run hat-trick against Victoria. It came after working with John Davison, the line’s own personal spin guru, after the winter.
Alternatively the selectors could always go back to Lyon’s NSW teammate Steve O’Keefe (14 wickets at 18.2), who is enjoying the star season. O’Keefe has not played for Australia in Bangladesh since 27, and that series has not been very good for him – he has a strong case for form – two wickets for 64.6 runs.
Of course, there is no reason why both O’Keeffe and Sweepson cannot be selected for the Bangladesh tour. After all, Leon, O’Keefe and Ashton Agar all played in Bangladesh for the last time in the last XI.
Agar will be away with the Australian white ball for the first week of the Shield and is sure to enter the debate with thanks to the overall package he offers.
Can his contender have all rounders?
The match in Bangladesh where Leon, O’Keefe and Agar played all three was Pat Cummins’ solo specialist fast bowler, and all-rounder Hilton Cartwright was second with Seymour.
Given the power of Australia’s quick at the moment, it’s hard to imagine Justin Langer coming down that path. Nevertheless, even if there is a possibility of at least two spinners in the XI, the chance to become a seam-bowling all-rounder in the squad.
The name that immediately spreads is Cameron Green – this national thing happens when compared to 20-year-old Andrew Flintoff. He has not bowled since a stress fracture was caught on his back, it looks like it might be a tour for him soon. He can still force his way as a specialist batsman even though he can retain his current form.
Green’s WA teammates can also enter the conversation – captain Mitchell Marsh and in-form Marcus Staines.
Stonis, who was astonished by Australia’s T20 and South Africa’s One-day squad, does not seem too far away from the selectors in red-ball cricket, with Stones joining the Australian Lions from February 22.
Stevens bowled two overs in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars with just one leg thrown, but he got 12 wickets for 22.22 for WA before the Sheffield Shield interval. A batting average of 35.77 with four half centuries over 10 innings is also encouraging.
Marsh Shield played just one match before breaking his arm before hitting a wall in the first half of the season. If he can do some great performances together while on Australian duty and at the Shield, he is sure to enter the negotiations as well.
If he does find a way to force the ball over, Henriques will be Lot’s strongest candidate. He enjoyed this one-year-old 1-year-old (5 in 6.25) and got better at Sheffield Shield (৫ 563. 562।). However, he does not have to contribute too much with the ball in NSW’s attack good form.
Can Victoria Fightback?
Last summer’s champions faced the most important task of returning to the Shield race.
Four rounds last sat on Victoria Shield’s ladder, losing three, drawing two and not having a result in his first six games.
Coach Andrew McDonald’s rate has not slowed down in the national set-up, but given the quality set in Victoria, you expect more to be done next time.
Bowling has the caliber of Victoria’s James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Scott Boland and Chris Tremaine. The bat is in the hands of Will Pukowski and Australian hopefuls Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris and Nick Madinson. There is a reason that four states have come out in the last five seasons.
Second-placed Western Australia is only 12.18 points behind, far ahead of Victoria’s race. Sheffield Shield has six points worth of each win and plenty of bonus points for Grubb.
However, if the team reaches the deciding goal, it could very easily carry another slip up, and its first match is the biggest among the banana skins.
The Handscomb team will start the second half of its season with NSW at the top of the table at the SCG and will be without Aaron Finch (Australia duty), Glenn Maxwell (injury), James Pattinson (at rest), Will Pukovsky and Sam Harper (both criticized).
Can Bluera keep the kippin?
It was close to a perfect promotion for the Blues so far. NSW has won five of its six matches, with a rain-hit draw from the outlet
However, the real test is that for last season’s runners-up, the state’s healthy team of representatives from Australia could possibly miss most of the rest of the game.
Pat Cummins (four wickets at 7.75), Josh Hazlewood (5 wickets at 4.1), Mitchell Starc (8.8 wickets), David Warner (3 for 5.00) and Steve Smith (272 runs in 4.4.4) th at NSW is not a better team than them this summer.
Bidding on behalf of NSW is that the group added to the team’s quality, the team probably did not depend on them. Bowlers Harry Harvey got 921 wickets at 12.42 and Steve O’Keefe (14 wickets at 18.42). .
Availability of Nathan Lyon and a return from Patterson’s injury and the Blues looking solid.