South Australia Men boost batting stocks with signings

South Australia has strengthened its batting stocks ahead of the 2024/25 Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup seasons by recruiting Jason Sangha and Mackenzie Harvey from interstate.

Sangha has joined from New South Wales, having played 39 Sheffield Shield matches, making four centuries with a high score of 142, at an average 27.46.

He can bowl some handy leg-spin overs and has taken 16 Shield wickets, while he has also demonstrated leadership qualities, previously captaining the Sydney Thunder.

From Victoria, Harvey will be looking to break in for his Sheffield Shield debut after playing a lot of short form cricket, for both Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades.

The left-handed batter is the nephew of former Australian player Ian Harvey.

Both players, aged 24 and 23 respectively, impressed while representing Australia in Under 19 squads, with Sangha captaining Australia in the 2018 Under 19 World Cup.

South Australia Men Interim Coach Ryan Harris said the signings provide good depth to the South Australian squad.

“After the 2023/24 season, we identified the need to improve our batting stocks and we have done just that with the recruitment of Jason and Mackenzie,” Harris said.

“Only in their early 20s, both players bring a lot of potential and upside to the list and we are excited to see what they can do.

“We look forward to welcoming Jason and Mackenzie to South Australia later this year.”

Sangha and Harvey will be skippered by Nathan McSweeney, who was recently announced as South Australia’s captain for the upcoming season.

South Australia’s full squad will be announced on Friday, April 26.

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