Marsh Sheffield Shield 2019-20
All the squads for opening Sheffield Shield round
Steve Smith and David Warner back for first games in two years as a host of Australia's Ashes star filter back to domestic ranks
7 October 2019, 05:22 PM AEST
The Marsh Sheffield Shield's opening round of the 2019-20 season looks set to feature six sides at close to full strength after the returns of Steve Smith and David Warner were confirmed ahead of the competition getting underway Thursday.
Smith and Warner, who made their international returns over the winter after being banned from playing last summer, have been named by NSW for their star-studded clash against Queensland at the Gabba.
The pair headline the major inclusions for the first of four Shield rounds to be played ahead of Australia's opening Domain Test of the summer against Pakistan on November 21.
All three matches will be live streamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app.
NSW v Queensland
at the Gabba, October 10-13, 11.00am AEDT (10am local)
NSW squad: Peter Nevill (c), Sean Abbott, Nick Bertus, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Liam Hatcher, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.
Queensland squad: Usman Khawaja (c), Joe Burns, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson.
As reported by cricket.com.au last week, Test stars Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon will sit out the Blues' contest against the Bulls.
Nathan Lyon is managing an ankle concern but neither Cummins nor Hazlewood have any current injury concerns, but rather are being managed through the early part of the summer after both shouldered a heavy workload during the recent Ashes campaign.
Mitchell Starc however is raring to go and will spearhead a bowling attack featuring potential Shield debutant Liam Hatcher, with the 23-year-old fresh off a 10-wicket haul in the Toyota Second XI competition last week.
Along with Lyon, fellow spinner Stephen O'Keefe and Kurtis Patterson are also on the mend from injury and have been overlooked, managing calf and quad concerns respectively.
The hosts will have a fast-bowling firebrand of their own to roll out after naming towering speedster Billy Stanlake in their 12-man squad led by captain Usman Khawaja and fellow Ashes tourists Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser.
Victoria v South Australia
at Junction Oval, Oct 10-13, 10.30am AEDT
Victoria squad: Peter Handscomb (c), Scott Boland, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Matthew Short, Chris Tremain.
South Australia squad: Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Tom Andrews, Alex Carey, Tom Cooper, Henry Hunt, Jake Lehmann, Kane Richardson, Luke Robins, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Adam Zampa.
Travis Head's depleted South Australian side face a tough ask in trying to topple the reigning Shield champions on their home turf without three of the competition's leading red-ball bowlers.
Victoria have dropped the man who captained them to last year's title, opener Travis Dean, and are without Peter Siddle, who is still on the mend from the hip flexor injury he sustained in the final Ashes Test last month, but have named an experienced squad featuring Test quick James Pattinson.
Redbacks pace trio Chadd Sayers, Joe Mennie and Daniel Worrall are all sidelined with injury, leaving World Cup squad members Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa, along with swing king Nick Winter, to lead the attack.
Off-season recruits Henry Hunt, an opening batsman from Canberra who has impressed at Futures League level, and Wes Agar, a paceman who has returned to South Australia after returning from Victoria, are both in the mix to make their Redbacks Shield debuts.
South Australia haven't won any of their previous 13 Shield games and have not defeated Victoria in their past nine first-class games.
Western Australia v Tasmania
at the WACA, Oct 10-13, 1.30pm AEDT (10.30am local)
Tasmania squad: Matthew Wade (Captain), George Bailey, Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Tim Paine, Alex Pyecroft, Sam Rainbird, Jordan Silk
Western Australia squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Sam Whiteman.
Tim Paine will return to the Sheffield Shield after helping Australia retain the Ashes abroad for just the second time this century.
Head coach Jeff Vaughan said Monday that he expects Paine to take the gloves despite suffering a broken thumb during the final match of the Ashes, with Tigers skipper Matthew Wade to continue to play as a specialist bat.
Rookie paceman Lawrence Neil-Smith could make his first-class debut for the Tigers after being named in their 13-man squad to travel to Perth.
Western Australia named their squad on the eve of the clash, with eight players in their 13-man collection boasting international experience, with coach Adam Voges citing a "mix of youth and experience" in the squad.