Ferguson, South Australia’s current leading run-scorer, has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained while playing for the Sydney Thunder in BBL|07.

The experienced batsman was in sublime touch for the first half of the JLT Sheffield Shield season, scoring 541 runs at an average of 60.11 across 10 innings, including 182* against Victoria.

Cameron Valente has also been added in place of Chadd Sayers who was called into the Australian Test squad in place of the injured Jackson Bird.

The promising allrounder played his last first-class match in November against the Tasmanian Tigers, with second innings figures of 2-40 off 23 overs.

Travis Head, wicketkeeper Alex Carey and bowlers Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa were all unavailable for selection due to commitments with Australia’s Gillette T20I Tri-Series squad.

Both teams will name their final XI at the toss on Friday. Play begins at 10:30am local time at the SCG.

West End Redbacks squad v New South Wales Blues
Callum Ferguson (c)
Tom Andrews
Tom Cooper
John Dalton
Jake Lehmann
Joe Mennie
Harry Nielsen
Alex Ross
Cameron Valente
Jake Weatherald
Nick Winter
Daniel Worrall

Friday 16 February - Monday 19 February


Session times (local):
Session 1 – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Session 2 – 1:10pm – 3:10pm
Session 3 – 3:30pm – 5:30pm