Tasmania’s big battle against full-strength Queensland
Queensland to win
It is Game No. 2 at the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 and Tasmania would be up against last year’s finalist Queensland. Both the sides have undergone several changes for this season and it will be interesting to see how the young players fare in this game. Being the first game of the season both the sides would be eager for a good start here.
The two sides have shared a good rivalry over the last few seasons where neither of them can claim to have dominated the opponent. The Tasmanian side would be missing out on some of their key players including their skipper who is on national duty at the moment. It will be interesting to see if they are able make good out of their resources and win this game.
Ben McDermott is leading the side in absence of Matthew Wade who is on national duty would be looking for a good start to the season. This has been a problem area for the side as they have been poor starters in the tournament. They are up against a side that has several big names in domestic cricket a win here would serve them well for the rest of the tournament.
The side would need a good start from McDermott and Caleb Jewell. They don’t have a star studded batting line-up and this pair will need to come up with a healthy stand. In the middle order the likes of Jordan Silk, Beau Webster and Alex Doolan would have to focus on building partnerships in the game. Nathan Ellis and Riley Meredith shall need to do the big hitting towards the end of the innings.
Peter Siddle being the most experienced bowler needs to start the proceedings well alongside Sam Rainbird. They would be bowling to a very strong batting line-up in the game. In Lawrence Neil-Smith and Jackson Bird that they good young bowlers who would look to make this opportunity count. Meredith and Ellis shall have to provide good support to the main bowlers.
Ben McDermott (c &wk), Caleb Jewell, Beau Webster, Jordan Silk, Riley Meredith, Jackson Bird, Peter Siddle, Sam Rainbird, Nathan Ellis, Alex Doolan, Lawrence Neil-Smith
Usman Khawaja’s side did well in the last edition of the tournament to make it to the final where they went down against Western Australia. They had a great start winning their first three games and Khawaja would look for a similar start this season as well. The Queensland skipper who likes to lead from the front would be expecting a good show from his key players here.
The side would need a good start from openers Usman Khawaja and Sam Heazlett in this game. Both these players have looked in good form in recent games. They have good strength in the middle order with players like Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw. With Jimmy Peirson and Jack Wildermuth to follow the batting order packs decent punch in the game.
On the bowling front the side would be looking for a good start with the new ball from Mark Steketee and Xavier Bartlett as both these bowlers have looked in good form in the recent games. Brendan Doggett and Billy Stanlake would have an important role to play in the middle overs. Wildermuth and Labuschagne add to the bowling options for the side going into this game.
Usman Khawaja (c), Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, Billy Stanlake, Mark Steketee, Matthew Renshaw, Xavier Bartlett, Brendan Doggett
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0.13 mm.||5.19 k/h||From: W||34%|
|03h||17||0.21 mm.||5.44 k/h||From: W||75%|
|06h||16||0 mm.||5.47 k/h||From: W||86%|
|09h||13||0 mm.||4.07 k/h||From: WSW||79%|
|12h||9||0 mm.||2.82 k/h||From: WNW||40%|
|15h||8||0 mm.||2.87 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|18h||7||0 mm.||2.76 k/h||From: W||0%|
|21h||9||0 mm.||3.17 k/h||From: W||1%|
The skies over Hobart would be slightly overcast on February 22 and this would make batting a huge challenge. There would be early assistance for the fast bowlers off the surface and batsmen will have to play their strokes carefully. The side batting first in this game would be happy to get over the 280 run mark which will be a fighting total here.
Bellerive Oval, Hobart is a small ground and this allows batsmen to score lots of runs in boundaries. But they have to be watchful as the fast bowlers do get early assistance from the surface and the ball moves off the pitch. Spinners have struggled here in the past as there is not much in for them on this surface.
The ground has seen most of the teams winning the games chasing the score. Batting conditions are difficult here at the start and they tend to get easier as the game progresses. Thus we believe the side that wins the toss here would have little hesitation in opting to bowl first in the game.
Tasmania would look to shed their image of poor starters in this edition of the tournament. This would be a huge challenge for the side as they are missing some of their key players going into this contest. Queensland on the other hand would start from a position of strength as they have most of their players available for selection. With a strong batting line-up the side would start favorites in this game.
Queensland to win