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Marsh Sheffield Shield Preview: West End Redbacks v Victoria

Marsh Sheffield Shield Preview: West End Redbacks v Victoria
Marsh Sheffield Shield Preview: West End Redbacks v Victoria

The West End Redbacks have released their squad to play their opening Marsh Sheffield Shield game against Victoria at Karen Rolton Oval, starting on Thursday 6 October.

Having just debuted for their new home states in the Marsh One Day Cup, fast bowler Harry Conway and spinner Ben Manenti are again a chance to receive fresh red caps ahead of the clash, this time for a South Australian first-class debut.

The Australian contracted duo of captain Travis Head and wicketkeeper Alex Carey are available for the match against Victoria, as well as additional Shield fixtures early in the season.

Reigning joint Sheffield Shield Player of the Year Henry Hunt is also set take to the field for SA, immediately taking on the player he shared the award with in Victoria’s Travis Dean.

Redbacks squad of 12: Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Jordan Buckingham, Jake Carder, Alex Carey (wk), Harry Conway, David Grant, Henry Hunt, Jake Lehmann, Ben Manenti, Nathan McSweeney, Jake Weatherald

After missing the second Marsh One-Day Cup game, Nathan McAndrew wasn’t available for selection for the opening Shield match.

McAndrew had quad tightness leading into the One-Day match and on investigation once the side returned home, it was determined another game on the sidelines would be beneficial.

Redbacks Senior Physiotherapist Sam Offord said they are taking a conservative approach with McAndrew.

“He’ll miss this first Shield game with the aim to be back for the second,” Offord said.

“We’ll give him some relative rest and build him back up so he is cherry ripe to go.”

Victoria’s side is headlined by fast-bowler Scott Boland and opening bat Will Pucovski. Bowling all-rounder Fergus O’Neill is in line for his first-class debut if he is named in the final 11.

Victorian squad of 13: Peter Handscomb (c), Scott Boland, Travis Dean, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, Todd Murphy, Fergus O’Neill, Mitch Perry, Will Pucovski, Matt Short, Will Sutherland

Entry is free for fans to come watch the Redbacks take on Victoria at Karen Rolton Oval.

The Park 25 Pantry will be open and there are public toilet facilities, making it a fun family day out these school holidays.

The first ball will be 10:30am each day.

For those that can’t attend, every Shield match will be broadcast live and free on cricket.com.au, as well as on Kayo Sports. It can also be heard live on ABC Radio.