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Bulls and SA set for high-scoring shoot-out

All eyes on Chris Lynn as the JLT Cup comes to Hurstville Oval and it's 50m boundaries

Queensland power hitter Chris Lynn comes to Hurtsville on Tuesday, targeting the 50m square boundaries in what promises to be a high-scoring JLT One-Day Cup shootout with South Australia.

Redbacks allrounder Cameron Valente said his side would need to completely change their tactics from their defeat to Western Australia at the WACA to combat a powerful Bulls batting line-up spearheaded by Lynn.

"It's going to be a completely different game from the WACA so I think the short-pitched bowling is going to be taken out of it a little bit," Valente said.

"They've got some really well-known power hitters so hopefully we can bowl really well up front and break the game open there.

"It's going to be a real shootout to see who can score the most runs."

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Fellow Redback Alex Ross agreed that the unique size of the oval means a different approach would be required.

"It can get manipulated at times, so you have to stay calm and know 330 is still okay to chase," Ross said.

The Redbacks posted the highest ever Australian domestic one-day score at Hurstville in 2016, blasting 7-420 against the Cricket Australia XI.

It's a total that Queensland could conceivably knock off, particularly given the hot form of Lynn who knocked up 70 off 65 balls in his last JLT Cup outing against Tasmania on Saturday.

"He is such a dangerous player. I haven't seen many cleaner hitters of the ball, actually hit the ball from different positions," Ross said of Lynn.

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"Your default to when other batters are hitting the ball well doesn't really work for him.

"He will be tough work, hopefully we get him early."

Valente said the Redbacks would need to be switched on mentally with the bat, with patience a key to their ability to post large totals at smaller venues.

"We've seen other teams take the small boundaries on too much early on in their innings," Valente said.


"On a small ground you still have to get yourself in and that's when its easiest to target those small boundaries.

"It's about being smart and not getting too side-tracked by the short boundaries."

Both sides are coming off a loss and have made one change to their squads, with each adding a slow-bowling option for the matches at the small venue.

The Redbacks added spinning allrounder Tom Andrews, while the Bulls have drafted in left-arm tweaker Matt Kuhnemann for Tuesday's clash and Friday's meeting with Western Australia at the same venue.


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