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Western Australia’s challenge to bounce back against spirited New South Wales
New South Wales to win
Tournament: Australia Domestic One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: North Sydney Oval, Sydney, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the 8th game 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 have won both their games so far and come here with a massive win against South Australia that would give them immense confidence. Western Australia suffered a big loss in their last game against Queensland and shall look to bounce back.
New South Wales have all their bases covered and have received a major boost with the availability of some of their top players for this game. They would look to capitalize on this during this game. Western Australia would be low on confidence after their miserable performance in the last game and it would be interesting to see if they are able to turn it around in this game.
Pat Cummins’ side has won both its games so far and they are looking in great shape at the moment. The side comes where with a massive 6-wicket win against South Australia. With some of their leading players back in the squad Cummins would be confident about the prospects of his side. He would want his players to carry on with the same momentum and make it to the top of the points table.
David Warner is in great form and he would look to put up a good stand along with Matthew Gilkes who is yet to fire in this season. In Steven Smith and Moises Henriques the side has a good middle order. Oliver Davies, Jack Edwards and Sean Abbott add strength to the side down below and make their batting line-up formidable.
They have a very strong bowling attack with Ben Dwarshuis and Pat Cummins opening the bowling for the side. Both of them had done well in the previous game and shall carry that confidence. The presence of Nathan Lyon and return of Josh Hazlewood adds further strength to this attack which also has Sean Abbott who bowled tight spells in the last game.
Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Moises Henriques, Steven Smith, Oliver Davies, Jack Edwards, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Ben Dwarshuis
Shaun Marsh who missed out the last game shall come to lead the side in this very important contest. The defending champions had lost the previous game against Queensland by 93 runs due to their poor display with the bat. Marsh would look to put that behind and look at his senior players to rise up to that challenge.
Sam Whiteman was the only top order player to score in the last game and the side would be expecting a good start from him in company of Cameron Bancroft. They have a steady middle order with Shaun Marsh, Josh Inglis and Cameron Green in the side. Down the order quick runs would be expected from Nick Hobson and Aaron Hardie.
Their bowlers haven’t looked at their best so far and the side would be looking for early wickets from Joel Paris and Matthew Kelly in this game. Green, Liam O’Connor and Hardie will new to bowl tight spells in the middle overs as New South Wales have a very strong batting line-up.
Shaun Marsh (c), Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis (wk), Nick Hobson, Aaron Hardie, Joel Paris, Liam Guthrie, Liam O Connor, Matthew Kelly
Weatherman predicts heavy rains for Sydney on March 14 and batting conditions are expected to be tough at the start of the game. The ball would do a lot in the air and off the surface. The side that bats first would be happy to reach a total of 270 runs or more in these conditions.
North Sydney Oval is smaller in size and this allows batsmen to play their strokes in the air without much fear. However, this is a good hunting ground for the fast bowlers as they do generate good bounce and pace from the surface early on in the game. Spinners have also done well as the ball takes turn on this surface.
The wicket at this venue is not the best for batting in Australia as there is early assistance for the bowlers. The weather conditions would come in the aid of bowlers and thus we expect the side winning the toss in this game to bowl first and aim to keep the opposition to a low total in the game.
Western Australia comes into this game with their backs to the wall after the big loss in the last game. They have to get their batting right in this game as they would be up against a very strong bowling attack. New South Wales have their bases covered with experience both in the batting as well as bowling departments and this would make them favorites in this game.
New South Wales to win
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