Three of Western Australia’s four world-class all-rounders in fast bowling will play together for the first time in a star-studded WA XI at today’s Marsh One-Day Cup Final.
Australia white ball representatives Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis will play alongside rising star Aaron Hardie with WA as they pursue back-to-back national one-day titles.
Marsh flipped his arm in training yesterday but will not roll in the final as he continues to recover from his ankle surgery in December.
WA XI: Josh Philippe, Joshua Inglis (wk), Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Ashton Agar, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff
SA XI: Henry Hunt, Kelvin Smith, Daniel Drew, Nathan McSweeney, Jake Lehmann (c), Harry Nielsen (wk), Benjamin Manenti, Nathan McAndrew, Wesley Agar, Henry Thornton, Spencer Johnson
This means D’Arcy Short is the unlucky player to miss, having hit 299 runs this season at 42.71 in an impressive opening 78-average partnership with Josh Philippe, with reserve Aussie wicketkeeper Josh Inglis on has reached the top of the order.
South Australian skipper Jake Lehmann won the draw, sending the hosts raging underdogs with the Redbacks at WACA against the defending champions.
The visitors had to make a late change to their chosen XI after the throw with former WA batsman Jake Carder, who injured his hamstring while warming up. He was replaced by Kelvin Smith, who will make his one-day debut for the Redbacks after five List A games with the National Performance Squad in 2014.
That was the only change from their last Marsh Cup match, where they secured their place in the decider with an eight-wicket win in a sudden-death clash with Victoria.
With hitters Daniel Drew and Nathan McSweeney both making centuries in recent weeks and opener Henry Hunt last time they attended WACA, Lehmann believes they have enough players to cause an upset.
Spencer Johnson comes into the fray in his first two Marsh Sheffield Shield games after his debut with six and seven wickets.
“We all know that WA is probably the strongest white ball team we’ve seen in the last five or six years,” Lehmann said.
“It’s tremendous for our group and we truly believe we have the group here to challenge WA.”
For WA it was more about which players to skip than which ones to pick, with Short and Cameron Gannon missing out on the two after Joel Paris and last season’s Men’s Player of the Year Hilton Cartwright were not selected in their 13 players squad.
“It’s extremely tough, it’s terrible selection sessions and it’s long selection sessions,” said WA captain Ashton Turner.
“A lot of people say it’s a nice problem to have to leave out good players, but it’s not as nice as you think.
“It’s still very difficult to leave out players who play really well in multiple formats and have contributed to wins all year, leaving them out in a big game is really difficult.
“Unfortunately some lads will be really unhappy if they miss it and that’s a shame but it again reflects the strength of Western Australian cricket and it’s a lovely place to be.”
The win will see WA claim an unprecedented 16th national one-day title while it will be South Australia’s fourth 50-over crown.
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