The fixture will be veteran South Australia quick Chadd Sayers’ final first-class game in the baggy red, with the third-highest wicket taker in the state’s history calling time on his career this week. Returning to the squad after the birth of his second child, Sayers is expected to take the field one last time for the Redbacks, a fitting tribute to a career that has yielded almost 300 wickets in the Sheffield Shield competition.
Sayers’ final fixture may also be a debut for a player at the other end of their career, with Bradman Medallist Sam Kerber in line for his maiden four-day appearance for the Redbacks. Robbed of a chance to debut due to the weather in Queensland last week, Kerber did still get a taste of state cricket during the trip, playing in the Marsh One-Day Cup at Allan Border Field and bowling eight overs.
There may also be debutants from the Victorian camp tomorrow, with batsman James Seymour and spinner Todd Murphy named in the squad of 13. Seymour is the second-leading run-scorer in Victoria first grade this season, with 822 runs to his name at an average of 91, while Murphy has 17 wickets in Premier Cricket.
Victoria’s recent results include a loss to Western Australia at the WACA, a rain-affected draws against Queensland and Tasmania. Marcus Harris tops the run-scorers list for Victoria, amassing 653 at an average of 65.30 this season. The opening batsman trails only Western Australia pair Shaun Marsh (666) and Cameron Green (865) as well as Redbacks skipper Travis Head (801) in the race for runs.
With ball in hand, Scott Boland has done the damage for Victoria, taking 26 wickets at 22.34 to sit third in the wicket-takers list behind Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon. The Redbacks, in addition to the retiring Sayers, will be looking to the future this weekend when the likes of Wes Agar, David Grant and Daniel Worrall look to change the Redbacks fortunes to complete the season.
South Australia and Victoria have already met this season, facing off at ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg during the season opening Sheffield Shield hub in October. Victoria was dominant with the blade during the contest, with Will Pucovski and Marcus Harris both notching double centuries. The Redbacks fought back however, with Travis Head (151), Henry Hunt (80) and Liam Scott (61) combining to fight out a draw on the final day’s play.
Play will begin at CitiPower Power Centre at 9.30am ACDT, with every ball broadcast live via the cricket.com.au Match Centre.
West End Redbacks Squad
Travis Head (c)
Peter Handscomb (c)