Queensland v South Australia
Wednesday 23 October
The Gabba, Brisbane – 10:00am local (10:30am ACDT)
Live on Kayo and cricket.com.au
Head to head (one-day matches)
South Australia: 16
South Australia sit third in the one-day standings with two bonus-point victories, including an impressive home win over Tasmania earlier this month, alongside two defeats. The Redbacks have an opportunity to string together consecutive wins for the first time in the tournament if they can turn the tables on the Bulls, who have downed SA twice across one-day and four-day formats this summer. But their recent Sheffield Shield clash showed just how close the competition is between states this season, particularly on a lively Gabba pitch. A Redbacks win would put them right in the finals mix, while a fourth Queensland victory would all-but seal a top-two finals spot for the Bulls with only another two one-day matches remaining before the series decider.
Redback to watch – Travis Head
The SA skipper has performed well without being rewarded with the bigger scores he’s capable of. Head’s unbeaten 80 in the Redbacks’ most recent one-day win over Tasmania was followed by an important half-century in SA’s Shield clash with Victoria given the context of the match. After a disappointing Shield loss to Queensland, Head said he’s keen to “play with a bit of freedom” in the white-ball format and hunt more runs.
Danger player – Marnus Labuschagne
Labuschagne has hit three half-centuries from his last four innings, including an unbeaten 72 to deny South Australia in the most recent Shield clash. The right-hander is a key wicket at first drop for Queensland and is among several batsmen, including Head, vying for spots in Australia’s order for the opening Test of the summer.
West End Redbacks squad
Travis Head (c)
Usman Khawaja (c)