South Australia v Western Australia
Friday, 14-17 February
Adelaide Oval - 10:30am local daily
Live on cricket.com.au or the Cricket Australia app
Session times (local)
Session One: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session Two: 1:10pm – 3:10pm
Session Three: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Minimum of 96 overs
Head to head (Sheffield Shield matches)
South Australia: 40
Western Australia: 60
There’s plenty to play for when Shield cricket returns to Adelaide Oval this week. An impressive six-wicket win over Tasmania before the KFC Big Bash break has given South Australia an opportunity for a late charge at a finals berth. Western Australia currently sits in second spot almost nine points clear of SA in fourth, but with a minimum six points awarded for an outright victory, this match could prove pivotal for both teams with just four games to come in the first-class calendar. Jamie Siddons returns at the helm for the West End Redbacks while captain Travis Head, swing bowler Daniel Worrall and reliable batsman Tom Cooper are all key inclusions. SA’s pace battery has also traditionally enjoyed bowling with the English-made Dukes ball and, combined with a bowler-friendly pitch, coach Siddons expects conditions should “take the game forward pretty quickly” at Adelaide Oval.
Redback to watch – Travis Head
Head notched an impressive century in his last Shield outing with SA back in November against an imposing New South Wales attack. The skipper went on to compile a brilliant Test ton against New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Head’s red-ball form and astute leadership will be crucial if the Redbacks are to earn back-to-back Shield victories for the first time since November, 2016.
Danger player – Shaun Marsh
Crowned the Men’s Domestic Player of the Year at the Australian Cricket Awards, Warriors stand-in captain Marsh is the leading runscorer in Shield cricket this summer with 600 runs at an average of 66, including two first-class centuries. The veteran left-hander has often been a thorn in the side of South Australia, with Marsh’s six tons from 19 matches against the Redbacks his best return against any single team in first-class action.
West End Redbacks squad
Travis Head (c)
Western Australia squad
Shaun Marsh (c)