Marsh One-Day Cup 2021
Big guns back as WA chase spot in One-Day final
West Aussies with some star quality to call on as they look to beat Tassie and secure a place in Sunday's 50-over decider
7 April 2021, 06:20 PM AEST
Western Australia will call upon the services of no fewer than half a dozen internationals for their Marsh One-Day Cup clash with Tasmania on Thursday as they target a place in Sunday's decider against New South Wales.
Australia reps Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Josh Philippe, Mitch Marsh, D'Arcy Short and Ashton Turner have all been named in their first One-Day Domestic squad of the season, while David Moody and Lance Morris have also been included.
The aforementioned six were all part of Australia's T20 squad for last month's series against New Zealand, and will likely factor hugely in proceedings at the WACA Ground given the hosts will likely need to win with a bonus point if they are to earn the opportunity to defend their title.
WA have seven wins in their last eight One-Day Cup outings against Tasmania; their last defeat against the Tigers coming in October 2015.
Matt Kelly (right shoulder) and Joel Paris (left groin) have been ruled out of the match due to injuries sustained in this week's Marsh Sheffield Shield match, while Shaun Marsh has also withdrawn for personal reasons.
The West Australians won't have it all their own way however, with Ben McDermott a notable addition to a Tassie squad made up largely of the first-class outfit that cruised to a 175-run victory when the two sides squared off earlier this week.
Just one point behind WA, the Tasmanians will also be pushing for a bonus-point win which should be enough to see them leapfrog Queensland into second place.
Western Australia: Mitch Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie, Josh Inglis, David Moody, Lance Morris, Josh Philippe, D'Arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman
Tasmania: Matthew Wade (c), Tom Andrews, Jackson Bird, Jake Doran, Jarrod Freeman, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Mitch Owen, Tim Paine, Alex Pyecroft, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Jordan Silk, Beau Webster
Fergie dropped as SA hope to avoid humiliation
In Melbourne meanwhile, Victoria will be out to avoid the wooden spoon and inflict a defeat on South Australia, which would leave the Redbacks winless in both formats through the 2020-21 summer.
The South Australians have added young leg-spinner Lloyd Pope to their squad as well as former NSW batsman Ryan Gibson, who is in line for a SA debut.
Spencer Johnson and veteran batsman Callum Ferguson have been omitted.
Fresh from his first-class debut over the Easter weekend, Vics batsman James Seymour is in line to make his List A debut.
Victoria: Peter Handscomb (c), Brody Couch, Sam Elliott, Zak Evans, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Nic Maddinson, Jono Merlo, Todd Murphy, James Seymour, Matt Short, Will Sutherland
South Australia: Travis Head (c), Alex Carey, Wes Agar, Ryan Gibson, Corey Kelly, Sam Kerber, Jake Lehmann, Harry Nielsen, Lloyd Pope, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall