Victoria’s big challenge against experienced New South Wales
New South Wales to win
It is the first game of the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 and the two bottom ranker sides from the last season would take on each other. New South Wales had a disastrous tournament last year and shall be looking to put that all behind as they play Victoria in this game at their home ground. Victoria too didn’t have a great season in the previous edition and shall be looking to make amends here.
New South Wales would take heart from the fact that they have most of their international players available this season which is a big morale booster for the side. This is something that they sorely missed last season. Victoria too has some exciting players in the squad who have been making giant strides in recent season and given that this is first game of the season we should have a good content on our hands.
They won just one game last year to finish at the bottom of the points table but Pat Cummins would like to put that behind as he leads his side in this game. He has some of the best Aussie cricketers in his squad and this would give him lot of confidence. The skipper would look forward to a good show from his senior players in this opening game.
Daniel Hughes and Jack Edwards are exciting prospects for the side at the top and they would look to offer a strong start to the side. The middle order is blessed to have the experience of Steven Smith and Moises Henriques. The side bats deep with the likes of Matthew Gilkes and Oliver Davis in the side and they would look to score quick runs here.
They have one of the strongest bowling attacks in the tournament with Cummins and Sean Abbott paring with the new ball. They shall be looking for early breakthroughs in this game. With Ben Dwarshuis and Liam Hatcher to handle the middle overs and the experience of Nathan Lyon the side would count its chances to do well with the ball here.
Pat Cummins (c), Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Liam Hatcher, Nathan Lyon, Oliver Davies
Victoria didn’t fare too well in the last season where they finished 5th on the points table. Skipper Peter Handscomb would be looking for a better start from his side to the tournament in this game. They are up against a very strong unit and shall have to play really well to emerge as winners here.
The side has a strong opening pair in Marcus Harris and Sam Harper and these two will need to provide them with a strong start. Nic Maddinson has been growing in his skills and shall have to steer the innings with Handscomb, Matthew Short and Jake Fraser-McGurk by his side in the middle order. Will Sutherland and Mackenzie Harvey would be tasked with doing the big hitting for the side towards the end of the game.
The task is cut out for the bowlers here as they will take on a batting line-up that has great amount of experience. James Pattinson will have to lead the attack alongside Xavier Crone and strike with the new ball. Will Sutherland, Jon Holland and Zak Evans shall need to focus on bowling tight spells in the game. Short and Fraser-McGurk add variety to this attack.
Peter Handscomb (c), Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (wk), Nic Maddinson, Matthew Short, Mackenzie Harvey, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Will Sutherland, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Xavier Crone, Zak Evans
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0.11 mm.||9.21 k/h||From: S||81%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||10.61 k/h||From: S||93%|
|06h||20||0.29 mm.||11.25 k/h||From: S||97%|
|09h||20||0.80 mm.||9.8 k/h||From: S||100%|
|12h||20||1.15 mm.||8.28 k/h||From: S||98%|
|15h||20||2.36 mm.||5.13 k/h||From: SE||74%|
|18h||20||1.97 mm.||4.51 k/h||From: SE||49%|
|21h||21||0.82 mm.||4.66 k/h||From: SSE||82%|
The skies over Sydney would be cloudy on February 15 and there are predictions for rains here. Though the wicket has been a good one to bat on in the past with lots of runs being made the overcast conditions would offer leverage to the fast bowlers. The side batting first in this game would be happy to get to a score of 300 runs.
North Sydney Oval, Sydney is a batting-friendly where the ball comes on to the bat nicely and this allows the batsmen to play their strokes. Fast bowlers who like to hit the deck have done well here in the past and bowling with the new ball is always an advantage here. Spinners struggle on this surface as there is very little for them.
The wicket hasn’t been used for a while and hence it would have some juice on the surface which the side bowling first can exploit. The weather predictions aren’t very encouraging and this would make batting difficult. The side winning the toss would like to take advantage of it in this game by bowling first.
Victoria has a very strong outfit and several experienced players in their line-up as far as their batting is concerned but on the bowling front the side still lacks the kind of experience that most other teams have in this tournament. New South Wales have several players who have represented the country and bring in lot of experience to the table and this would make them favorites here.
New South Wales to win