With the home ground advantage already coming into play, Western Australia are a strong chance to defeat the title winners of last years domestic One-Day Cup.
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will lead the Warriors in this years JLT One-Day Cup after taking over from the retired veteran Adam Voges. Western Australia won’t be at full strength in this years tournament though, wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Whiteman is on the long-term injury list along with Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Stoinis and Andrew Tye all representing Australia overseas and the most recently injured Ashton Agar who sustained a broken finger in India. That probably gives you a pretty good indication that they’re a bit light on bowlers heading into the opening stages of the tournament, that leaves the likes of Jhye Richardson and Mitchell Marsh under immense pressure to take bulk of the wickets alongside the inexperienced David Moody, Simon Mackin and Matthew Kelly. The Warriors are best known for their dominant bowling attacks they’ve produced over the years, so they’ve been dealt a massive blow in this years JLT One-Day Cup which now moves the focus onto their batting. Thankfully, the Warriors have been able to retain experienced domestic duo Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger who will potentially pile on the runs at the top of the order yet again for WA. Michael Klinger is the key to success though, the consistency this man has maintained at this level for such a long time makes him one of the most reliable assets for Western Australia. The 37-year-old has scored over 7100 runs and averages 49.04 in List A’s making him a huge physical presence out in the middle. Assisting Klinger in the runs department are Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner and D’Arcy Short. Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger can’t be relied upon to score all the runs for Western Australia, so Cameron Bancroft and Mitchell Marsh in-particular have to up their game in this years tournament. Mitch Marsh has been a hit-and-miss type of player over the past couple of years, he needs some big scores to regain that confidence he’s desperately missing.
New South Wales have now won back-to-back One-Day Cups and are now going for the hat-trick to make it the perfect three. Similar to WA’s opening batsmen, Ed Cowan and Daniel Hughes will be another crucial piece of the puzzle if the Blues are to go back-to-back-to-back. Both had brilliant campaigns in last years Matador Cup, Daniel Hughes was red-hot with blade at one stage and Ed Cowan did what he does best and chiseled away at the opposition which resulted in some sensational performances from the former Australian test opener. This tournament has dished up some flat tracks in recent times, that’s exactly what Cowan and Hughes have feasted on over the past two years which has led to a lot of triple-figured individual scores for the pair. The rest of the order lacks consistency, both Kurtis Patterson and Nic Maddinson are brilliant batsman, but that’s sometimes overshadowed by countless failures at the crease which is a shame. The Blues have welcomed two new faces that might play a significant role for the team in the JLT One-Day Cup, Arjun Nair and Ryan Gibson who have both come over from the CA XI. Funnily enough, both have represented New South Wales already in first-class cricket which means they probably know most of the guys in the squad already. It will be interesting to see how Gurinder Sandhu performs in this years tournament, the colorful personality that is Sandhu has struggled in the past two domestic One-Day Cups having been in and out of the squad numerous times, he was a walk-in starter back in 2014, the wickets seemed to have dried up for the big man for the time being. Sean Abbott is the match-winner with the ball for the Blues in my opinion, he’s an extremely clever bowler who mixes up his pace so the batsman don’t get used to a set bowing rhythm.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Western Australia | JLT Cup | 3rd match | Perth
- Shaun Marsh
- Michael Klinger
- Jhye Richardson
- Ashton Turner
- Cameron Bancroft
Top 5 fantasy picks | New South Wales | JLT Cup | 3rd match | Perth
- Ed Cowan
- Daniel Hughes
- Sean Abbott
- Nathan Lyon
- Nic Maddinson
Western Australia (possible) – 1. Shaun Marsh 2. Michael Klinger 3. Cameron Bancroft 4. Mitchell Marsh (c) 5. Ashton Turner 6. D’Arcy Short 7. Josh Inglis (wk) 8. Simon Mackin 9. Matthew Kelly 10. David Moody 11. Jhye Richardson.
New South Wales (possible) – 1. Ed Cowan 2. Daniel Hughes 3. Nic Maddinson 4. Kurtis Patterson 5. Ryan Gibson 6. Peter Nevill (wk) 7. Arjun Nair 8. Sean Abbott 9. Gurinder Sandhu 10. Nathan Lyon 11. Doug Bollinger.