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South Australia's aim for a good start after last season's debacle
Queensland to win
Tournament: Australia Domestic One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Allan Border Field, Brisbane, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Queensland would start their campaign in Marsh One-Day Cup 2022-23 by taking on South Australia in the 3rd game of the tournament. Queensland was inconsistent last year, and they would aim to start on a positive note. South Australia had yet another ordinary run in the previous season, and they would aim for a good start.
South Australia had won only one game last season, and this would be on their minds. The team has undergone massive changes, and they will need to gel together as a fighting unit. Queensland has retained most of the players from the last season, and they know each other's game well. The side plays at home and knows the conditions.
Usman Khawaja would aim for a good start in the season and end their 8-season drought in the tournament. They finished 4th on the points table last year as key players were inconsistent. Khawaja will fancy his side's chances against South Australia. The Queensland skipper likes leading front the front and would aim for the first points of the season.
Usman Khawaja must score runs at the top and set up a big partnership with Sam Heazlett. Marnus Labuschagne at No. 3 adds solidity to this batting lineup, and he will look to build partnerships with Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw. Jimmy Peirson and Jack Wildermuth are good finishers in this format and need to score runs down the order.
Michael Neser and Jack Wildermuth have to make good use of the new ball as their opponents would have some nerves with a new batting lineup. Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, and Matthew Willans make it a well-balanced attack, and good spells would be expected from them.
Usman Khawaja (c), Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Matthew Willans
Travis Head's side had managed to win just one game last season. They struggled with the bat and the ball, which they must get out of their minds. The captain shall hope for a better show this year and expect the new-look squad to do well. It won't be easy against Queensland, and South Australia must play their best game to win.
Openers Harry Neilson and Jake Weatherald will have a big responsibility on their shoulders, and they must do well in this game. Travis Head and Alex Carey bring a lot of experience to the table and have to play big knocks. Jake Lehmann shall have to do the big hitting down the order with Liam Scott and Nathan McSweeney.
Bowling was a big problem for the team in the tournament's last edition. Harry Conway and Benjamin Manenti shall have to deliver early wickets for the side in this game as Queensland have big games in their batting lineup. Travis Head needs to use his experience and bowl good lines along with Liam Scott, Nathan McSweeney, and Thomas Kelly.
Travis Head (c), Alex Carey (wk), Jake Lehmann, Harry Nielsen, Jake Weatherald, Thomas Kelly, Nathan McSweeney, Nathan McAndrew, Liam Scott, Harry Conway, Benjamin Manenti
Weatherman predicts clear skies over Brisbane on September 26, and the batting conditions would be perfect. The ball would come to the bat nicely, allowing batsmen to play their strokes. The side that bats first would need at least 300 runs on the board to feel confident.
Allan Border Field, Brisbane, is a small ground with shorter boundaries around the square. Batsmen have done well at this venue in the past, and we have seen big scores. The wicket aids fast bowlers with the new ball. Spinners have struggled here as the small size of the ground makes it difficult for them.
The conditions would be helpful for the fast bowlers early in the morning. In this tournament, we have seen most sides prefer to put the opposition into bat upon winning the toss. We expect both captains to follow this and opt for bowling first.
South Australia struggled last season and would look to do better at the start of the tournament. Their bowling attack lacks depth, and the side is also short on experience compared to their opponents. Queensland plays at home, and they have a strong batting lineup. They will start favorites in this game.
Queensland to win
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