South Australia v Tasmania
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide – 11:00am local daily
Live on cricket.com.au, the Cricket Australia app and Fox Cricket
Session times (local)
Session One: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Session Two: 1:40pm – 3:40pm
Session Three: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Last Time They Met:
7-10 December 2019, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
South Australia (346 & 4/170) defeated Tasmania (254 & 261) by six wickets.
Despite falling to Western Australia within sight of the finish line, the Redbacks can take several positives from their opening round encounter with Western Australia. A five-wicket haul from leg-spinner Lloyd Pope grabbed the headlines on day one, while the determined century from Jake Weatherald the following evening set the foundation for a strong season ahead at the top of the order.
Allrounder Liam Scott also showed that he has the ability to contribute strongly with the bat, ending the first innings unbeaten before joining with wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen and left-arm quick Nick Winter in the second innings to offer resistance against a charging WA attack.
Tasmania, led by Australian skipper Tim Paine, had a tough time of it against Queensland to begin their season. A dominant performance from Michael Neser on day one pushed Tasmania onto the back foot from the outset, and they were never quite able to recover. Ben McDermott and Jordan Silk fought hard with the bat and veteran Peter Siddle put in a great allround performance, but the final result saw Queensland claim victory by an innings and 59 runs.
The Redbacks have made one change ahead of the fixture, with Luke Robins making way for the return of Kane Richardson. Having recently returned from national team duties, Richardson’s pace and experience will be invaluable after the Redbacks were unable to bowl out the strong West Australian batting line-up last week. Currently sitting on 96 Sheffield Shield wickets, Richardson will be aggressively hunting the breakthroughs required to take him past the century.
Redbacks captain Travis Head and opener Jake Weatherald also have milestones on the horizon, with Head requiring 73 runs to reach 5,000 at Shield level, and Weatherald needing just 47 to bring his Shield total to 3,000.
Alex Carey remains unavailable due to his commitments in the IPL, while Head Coach Jason Gillespie’s period of isolation following his return from the UK is set to end mid-way through the match.
The action begins from Karen Rolton Oval at 11am on Monday, 19 October and entry is free, with up to 1000 fans permitted in attendance.
West End Redbacks’ Squad
Travis Head (c)
Harry Nielsen (wk)
Out: Luke Robins (omitted)
Tim Paine (c)