With a mix of exciting youth and a few seasoned veterans, do the Redbacks have what it takes to achieve the ultimate success in this year's Ryobi Cup?
Andrew McDonald joins the West End Redbacks in a straight swap with Dan Christian, who now heads to Victoria. The 32-year-old all-rounder has 1,798 runs and 79 wickets to his name in the domestic limited-overs format and will bring composure and experience during the middle overs.
The Redbacks have also gained the youthful leg-spinner Adam Zampa in a direct trade for Nathan Lyon, who will now don the NSW Blues cap. Zampa made his RYOBI One Day Cup debut last season, which included 3/55 against his new team, and is a promising spin prospect for the Redbacks.
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Dan Christian’s power game will be sorely missed, as will Nathan Lyon’s Adelaide Oval insights given his former role as groundsman.
The Path to Glory
The Redbacks will call Bankstown Oval home, with the South Australian side set to play half their matches at the venue.
They finish the tournament against the NSW Blues in a match that will most likely impact the top three.
Mark this one in your Calendar
The Redbacks play the Tasmanian Tigers twice in this year’s RYOBI Cup and recent matches between the sides have been hard to split. They competed against each other twice in last year’s RYOBI Cup for one win each, following the 2011/12 RYOBI Cup final between the two sides.
It was a gripping final, which ended in a tie. The Redbacks were awarded tournament winners after finishing on top of the table.
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Keep an Eye on…
Chadd Sayers had a breakthrough 2012/13, which culminated in him winning South Australia’s Player of the Year Award. He took 48 wickets at just 18.52 in the Bupa Sheffield Shield, and will be hoping to swing his side to glory in 2013.
The Pressure’s on
Most people expected Callum Ferguson to be entrenched in the Australian side by now. Still only 28, he has plenty of time and with an Ashes campaign fast approaching, the RYOBI Cup could be the tonic.
He scored 271 runs last season, including 110 against the Bushrangers. A dominant display could see him edge state teammate, Phil Hughes, for a spot in the national ODI squad.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 25 September, 2013 5:31PM AEDT