Pope, 18, made headlines in January when he demolished England with figures of 8-35, the best figures ever produced in an Under-19 World Cup match.
Pope played his first four-day game in South Australia’s innings and 53-run win against Victoria in the Toyota Futures League this week, picking up three wickets for the match.
Jake Lehmann will captain South Australia for the first time in first-class cricket while Travis Head is with the Australian Test team. His father, Darren Lehmann, captained SA in 55 Sheffield Shield matches from 1996-2007.
Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager John Porter confirmed that Daniel Worrall is not fit for selection after injuring his lower back in the lead-up to the JLT One-Day Cup last month.
“Daniel resumed bowling this week with the plan to build intensity and loads over the coming weeks with a view to being available before the Big Bash break,” Porter said.
Alex Carey and Adam Zampa were not available for selection due to their commitments with the Australian T20 squad facing Pakistan later this month.
The West End Redbacks face the New South Wales Blues in the JLT Sheffield Shield opener at Adelaide Oval from Tuesday at 10:30am.
South Australia’s 12-player squad.
Jake Lehmann (c)
Harry Nielsen (wk)
Daniel Worrall (lower back - 4 weeks).
Spencer Johnson (lower back - 3-4 weeks).