South Australia v New South Wales
Tuesday, 16-19 October
Adelaide Oval - 10:30am local daily
Live on cricket.com.au or the Cricket Australia app
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
For the second consecutive summer, South Australia hosts the Blues at home to begin the Redbacks’ red-ball season. But much has changed for both sides in 12 months. Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon will all miss for New South Wales after featuring in last year’s coinciding pink-ball fixture, while Travis Head, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa and Daniel Worrall are all unavailable for the home side. The threat of weather adds another intriguing element to the contest with both teams obviously eager to kick off their four-day campaigns with a victory. Young leg-spinner Lloyd Pope could make his first-class debut for South Australia, while the Blues could introduce three debutants.
Redback to watch – Chadd Sayers
The 2016-17 Sheffield Shield Player of the Year will feel at home with the red Kookaburra back in his hands. It’ll be Sayers’ first Shield outing since making his Test debut for Australia and the 31-year-old will want to begin with a bang to put his name back in front of national selectors. Intermittent conditions will suit swing bowling and there’s little doubt Sayers will be testing opposition batsmen from his opening delivery.
Danger player – Trent Copeland
Copeland flies under the radar in comparison to many of his high-profile Blues teammates, but the experienced quick was on song against SA at Adelaide Oval 12 months ago with first-innings figures of 6/24. A veteran of 80 first-class matches boasting almost 300 first-class scalps, Copeland was New South Wales’ leading Shield wicket-taker last summer with 34 wickets.
"The boys are up and about at the moment. We're looking forward to getting into the first game" 👊@JLehmann71 can't wait to kick off our #SheffieldShield campaign tomorrow at home against the Blues pic.twitter.com/AAC3gbIq4u— West End Redbacks (@WestEndRedbacks) October 15, 2018
West End Redbacks squad
Jake Lehmann (c)
New South Wales squad
Peter Nevill (c)