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Western Australia’s challenge to start title defense on a winning note
South Australia to win
Tournament: Australia Domestic One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Defending champions Western Australia would start their campaign in the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 as they take on South Australia. They are the most successful side in the tournament and would be looking to add yet another title. South Australia who had finished third last season will be looking to kick start with a win as they have had the history of poor starts in the tournament.
Western Australia would be missing out on at least six of their key players who are currently touring New Zealand with the national team and hence have to start with a relatively weaker outfit. It would be interesting to see where they go from here as South Australia have most of their key players available for selection going into this contest.
Shaun Marsh would like to start from where his side left in the last season. As the defending champions they would be look to start off with a win here. The task won’t be easy for the side given the absence of some of their leading stars who are with the national side at the moment. Marsh would be looking for a good show from his inexperienced bowling attack in this game.
The side would be expecting a good start from Sam Whiteman and Cameron Bancroft in this game and both these players are known for being good hitters of the ball. The middle order looks rock solid at the moment with Shaun Marsh, Josh Inglis and Jake Carder. The likes of Holton Cartwright and Cameron Green will need to play the role well in the death overs and take the side to a good total.
Their bowling attack is relatively inexperienced due to the absence of their big names and the side would need a good start from Matthew Kelly and Cameron Gannon. South Australia has a strong batting line-up at the top and they will have to do well. David Moody, Joel Paris and Green would need to do well in the middle overs and keep the run rate under check.
Shaun Marsh(c), Cameron Bancroft, Josh Inglis (wk), Jake Carder, Sam Whiteman, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Gannon, Matthew Kelly, Joel Paris, Cameron Gannon, David Moody
Travis Head would look to put behind the lackluster show in the last few seasons and look to start off with a big win in the tournament. He would sniff a chance for his side with his opponents missing some of their best players for this game. Head will have to lead his side from the front in this game to defeat Western Australia at its home ground.
The side would be expecting a good start in this game from Callum Ferguson and Jake Weatherald. They have a very experienced middle order with players like Tom Cooper, Travis Head and Alex Carey in the side. Henry Hunt would be expected to do the big hitting towards the end along with Wes Agar.
The bowling attack looks good going into this game with Daniel Worrall and Luke Robins sharing the new ball. They would look to make good use of the conditions in thus game. With Cameron Valente, Chadd Sayers and Wes Agar in the team the bowling attack has good variety and shall look to perform well here.
Travis Head (c), Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (wk), Tom Cooper, Henry Hunt, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Worrall, Wes Agar, Luke Robins, Cameron Valente, Chadd Sayers
The skies over Perth would be cloudy and there are predictions for rain during the game. The conditions are expected to be extremely tough for batting and batsmen would have to focus on building partnerships in this game. Any score of 270 runs or more would be a good one on this surface.
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth is one of the best bowling wickets in the world where the batsmen find it difficult to bat on. Fast bowlers have done well on this surface in the past and this is a challenging surface for batsmen as they have to always play with caution. Spinners struggle on this surface as there is no assistance for them.
The wicket is expected to have decent bounce and carry and hence the ball would be expected to move in the air early on in the day. The side that wins the toss would look to take advantage of it and bowl first on this surface with the aim of dismissing their opponents for a small total.
Western Australia would not have most of their important players available for selection in this game and this poses a big challenge for them especially on the bowling front. They will have to make good out of their resources. South Australia has a very strong bowling attack and on a fast paced wicket this would put them at an advantage and make them favorites in this contest.
South Australia to win
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