Western Australia’s hunt for second consecutive title
Western Australia to win!
It is the big final in the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 and New South Wales would be taking on Western Australia in their home ground. New South Wales haven’t lost a game in the tournament and would be looking to carry this momentum forward. Western Australia comes into this game with a massive win against Tasmania and this would be adding to their confidence.
New South Wales would be missing the services of some of their key players who have left for the IPL and this is a huge setback for the side ahead of this big contest. They would be missing the services of their regular skipper in this game. Western Australia has momentum on its side with their performances in the last two games and shall look to carry that forward.
It has been a wonderful season for New South Wales so far where they have finished at the top of the points table and haven’t lost a game yet. The side would be without the services many of its key players who have joined their IPL franchises and this would be a big loss to them. Stand-in skipper Moises Henriques shall look to make the best out of the resources available to win the game here.
They would need a good start from openers Matthew Gilkes and Daniel Hughes in this game as the absence of David Warner is expected to hurt the side. In the middle order Moises Henriques will have to play an important role alongside Kurtis Patterson. Oliver Davies, Jack Edwards and Sean Abbott will need to play important roles for the side down the order for them to win here.
Ben Dwarshuis will have to pick up early wickets in this game along with Sean Abbott as the absence of Pat Cummins is a big setback for the team. Harry Conway, Nathan Lyon and Liam Hatcher would have to keep the line tight during the middle overs as they are up against a very strong batting line-up.
Moises Henriques (c), Matthew Gilkes (wk), Oliver Davies, Jack Edwards, Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon, Ben Dwarshuis, Liam Hatcher, Harry Conway, Daniel Hughes, Kurtis Patterson
D’Arcy Short would happy with the performance of the side in the build-up to the final. He is stepping into this game in place of Mitchell Marsh who is in India for the IPL. Short would be aware of the weaknesses in the New South Wales squad with many of their players missing out and would like to exploit this and retain the title.
Batting looks good for the side with Josh Philippe and Sam Whiteman at the top and both these players have scored runs in recent games. They have a steady middle order with D’Arcy Short, Josh Inglis and Cameron Green in the side. Down the order the side would be expecting quick runs from Hilton Cartwright and Aaron Hardie.
Jason Behrendorff is in good form with the ball and shall look to pick early wickets in company of Cameron Green. Lance Morris, Ashton Agar and Liam Guthrie would have to focus on bowling tight spells in the middle overs. Short and Aaron Hardie add good bowling options to the side.
D’Arcy Short (c), Josh Philippe, Sam Whiteman, Josh Inglis (wk), Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Liam Guthrie, Lance Morris, Hilton Cartwright, Aaron Hardie
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Weatherman predicts cloudy skies and rains for April 11 and this would make batting a big challenge here. The ball is expected to move around in the early overs and batsmen would have to mix caution with aggression. The side that bats first would be happy to reach a total of 280 runs or more under these conditions.
Bankstown Oval, Sydney is a small ground with shorter boundaries around the square and this presents lot of scoring opportunities to the batsmen. Fast bowlers can generate good bounce and pace from the surface with the new ball but the small size of the park makes it a very challenging venue for the spinners.
There would be early pace and bounce on the surface and batting won’t be easy in the morning. The track is expected to ease as the game progresses and hence the side that wins the toss in this game is likely to invite the opponents to bat first in this game.
New South Wales are without the services of their key players in this game and many of their batsmen and bowlers haven’t played too many games in the recent months. This is a huge blow for the side in this mega contest. Western Australia has momentum on its side and most of their players look in good form at the moment and this would make them favorites to win the game and retain the title.
Western Australia to win!