South Australia is hunting their first victory of the season, having taken two draws and two losses from the opening rounds. Western Australia has one win and three draws in their kitbag to date, enough to see them occupying third place in the standings.
Redbacks Head Coach Jason Gillespie had the luxury of a full list to choose from for the trip west and has made some changes to the side that lost to Queensland by 63-runs in November. Crucially, skipper Travis Head and vice-captain Alex Carey will both take their place in the line-up for the remainder of the season following the cancellation of the Australian Test Tour of South Africa. Two of the best batsmen in the country, as shown by their national call-up, the experienced duo will be looking to provide stability and positivity to an exciting Redbacks batting card housing a mix of cricketing maturity and youth.
Allrounder Corey Kelly has been named in a Redbacks squad for the first time, rewarded for a brilliant Premier Cricket season with Sturt as well as a solid showing in a recent Redbacks Second XI fixture. Performing strongly with both bat and ball, the 20-year-old is an compelling prospect for South Australian cricket and is sure to benefit from time within the state setup.
Liam Scott, just two days older than Kelly, retains his place in the squad on the back of several stoic efforts during the Shield hub later last year. Harry Nielsen is also likely to retain his place, playing as a batsmen following his chanceless century during the Redbacks most recent fixture.
Daniel Worrall is primed to do some damage with the ball; the fiery paceman has put together a fantastic stretch of Premier Cricket with Kensington on the back of a strong BBL tournament in Adelaide Strikers colours. He will partner with veteran Chadd Sayers and the constantly improving Wes Agar as the Redbacks look to find the right combination to carve a path through Western Australia’s batting order. David Grant also gets a chance to add to his first-class tally, with the promising paceman occupying a seat on the plane west.
Western Australia have several first-choice players unavailable for the clash due to their presence in New Zealand with the Australian T20 squad. They are a side with tremendous depth however and will be sure to showcase plenty of young talent on the Marsh Sheffield Shield stage.
The Redbacks and Western Australia have already met this season, facing off in the season opener all the way back in the second week of October at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval. Shaun Marsh, Josh Inglis and Cameron Bancroft all showed their skill with the blade, guiding the side to a 205-run victory. Ashton Agar put in a brilliant allrounder's performance to be named player of the match, but he is one of the players currently on national duty across the Tasman.
The Redbacks will take a significantly changed side into the 2021 instalment, with the squad featuring several new names this time around, including vice-captain Alex Carey.
Beginning tomorrow, the opening delivery of our fifth round Marsh Sheffield Shield clash is scheduled for 1pm ACDT. Starting XI’s will be named at the toss and the game will be streamed live and free via cricket.com.au.
West End Redbacks Squad:
Travis Head (c)
Alex Carey (w)
In: Carey, Grant, Kelly
Out: Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Conor McInerney, Lloyd Pope, Cameron Valente, Nick Winter