New South Wales v South Australia
Friday, 7-10 December
SCG - 10:30am local daily (10am ACDT)
Live on cricket.com.au or the Cricket Australia app
Session times (all times local)
Session One: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session Two: 1:10pm – 3:10pm
Session Three: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Minimum of 96 overs
Head to head (Sheffield Shield matches)
South Australia: 59
New South Wales: 126
It’s a must-win match for South Australia. Despite playing some impressive cricket in patches, the Redbacks remain without a victory from five outings this season and are now more than 10 points adrift of the second-placed Blues. But the SCG holds no fears for South Australia. A young Redbacks side claimed an impressive seven-wicket win in the last clash at the venue between the two teams early this year. A spirited performance from a similar squad on the road could be just the springboard South Australia needs heading into the new year.
Redback to watch – Callum Ferguson
After an outstanding JLT One-Day Cup campaign, Ferguson would be the first to admit he’s had a quiet start to the Shield season by his own lofty standards. But the 34-year-old’s class shone through in Tasmania as he compiled a clutch second-innings century which nearly saved the match for South Australia. Holding down the important post at first-drop, a return to form for Ferguson could be just what South Australia needs to bring down the Blues.
Danger player – Kurtis Patterson
Left-handed batsman Patterson secured his own slice of cricket history by notching the maiden first-class century at the new Optus Stadium last round to help the Blues topple Western Australia. The 25-year-old has another three half-centuries to his name this season and is New South Wales’ second-leading runscorer overall. He’s a key wicket for the Redbacks this round.
West End Redbacks squad
Jake Lehmann (c)
New South Wales
Peter Nevill (c)