South Australia v Western Australia
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide – 11:00am local daily
Live on cricket.com.au or the Cricket Australia app
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:
14-17 February 2020
South Australia (389 & 196/5d) defeated Western Australia (254 & 222)
In true 2020 spirit, the Marsh Sheffield Shield will feature a different look this season as all six State teams take to fields across Adelaide throughout the opening four rounds of action. For the Redbacks, the global pandemic will also keep Head Coach Jason Gillespie out of the opening fixture due to an enforced 14-day quarantine following his arrival from the UK this week.
Western Australia have also dealt with quarantine concerns leading into their first fixture, including protocols that have seen spinner Ashton Agar self-isolating in the Adelaide Oval Hotel after returning from the national team’s limited-overs tour of England.
Travis Head will resume his role as Redbacks captain in 2020 and all eyes will be on the international star as he attempts to set the tone for a strong domestic season ahead. Alex Carey, fresh from a pivotal performance in England, will not feature in the opening Shield rounds due to his commitments with Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.
Both South Australia and Western Australia will field a mix of experience and youth at Karen Rolton Oval, a fact certain to ignite a fierce battle in the season opener. For the Redbacks, familiar names including Sayers, Weatherald and Cooper will provide a steadying influence on fresh faces such as Brad Davis and Conor McInerney, two exciting talents with just a handful of first-class fixtures to their names.
20-year-old leg spinner Lloyd Pope will also line up for the Redbacks as he looks to lockdown the role vacated by Adam Zampa’s move to New South Wales. In addition to holding the title of youngest bowler to collect a seven-wicket haul at Shield level, Pope also lays claim to the best bowling figures in the history of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In a match-winning performance, Pope ended with 8/35 in the crucial 2018 quarter-final fixture against England.
Shaun Marsh headlines a Western Australia squad boasting plenty of international talent in Cameron Bancroft, D’Arcy Short, Ashton Tuner and others, while also showcasing uncapped local talent Corey Rocchiccioli and Lance Morris.
Quicks Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson will miss with injury for the visitors along with the IPL-committed Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Josh Philippe. For the Redbacks, Joe Mennie will be unavailable for at least the opening month as he remains in the UK and Daniel Worrall will miss with a calf strain.
West End Redbacks’ Squad
Travis Head (c)
Harry Nielsen (wk)
Western Australia Squad