JLT Sheffield Shield 2018-19
State contract lists finalised for summer
The six states have finalised their contracted players for the 2019-20 summer
24 May 2019, 05:28 PM AEST
The next Australian domestic season is looming on the horizon beyond the winter World Cup and Ashes, and State teams have already begun pre-season training after finalising their contract lists for the 2019-20 summer.
The JLT Sheffield Shield will remain the crown jewel in the domestic schedule for the men, and while fixtures are yet to be revealed a revamp of the JLT One-Day Cup has been mooted.
There have been some big off-season moves for the Women's National Cricket League, but none bigger than Ellyse Perry's move to Victoria after spending her entire career to this point in the NSW system.
Here's a state-by-state rundown of the off-season contract list moves:
Victoria have cast an eye towards the future as they seek to extend on the dynasty that has seen them claim four of the past five Sheffield Shield titles. Veteran and former captain Cameron White was let go after a career with the Vics that spanned 19 seasons, while the rookie list included Sam Elliott, the son of former Test batsman Matthew Elliott. Five players on their 31-man list have Cricket Australia contracts, including club captain Peter Handscomb. Last summer's recruits Nic Maddinson and Andrew Fekete start the new season on full contracts while standout performances in Premier Cricket have earned Aaron Ayre a spot in the squad.
CA contracts: Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson. Squad: Aaron Ayre, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Xavier Crone, Travis Dean, Zak Evans, Andrew Fekete, Sebastian Gotch, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, Tom O’Connell, Will Pucovski, Jake Reed, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Eamonn Vines. Rookies: Sam Elliott, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Jonathan Merlo, Ed Newman, Mitchell Perry, Patrick Rowe.
In: Ayre, Fekete, Maddinson, Evans (upgraded), Elliott, Fraser-McGurk (both rookies)
Out: Wes Agar, Sam Grimwade, Cameron White
New South Wales Men
The NSW Blues have trimmed their squad to 32 after delisting six players to focus on the core group that helped the state finish runners-up in last summer's Shield competition, the first time they had made the final in five summers. Teen batsman Ollie Davies – who hit a double ton at the U19 National Championships last summer, the first to ever do so – and another teen in wicketkeeper Matt Gilkes join the list as rookies as the only new faces, while Daniel Sams and Greg West were upgraded to full contracts this season. Former Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill remains the club captain.
CA contracts: Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner. Squad: Peter Nevill, Sean Abbott, Nick Bertus, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Fallins, Ryan Gibson, Liam Hatcher, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Stephen O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Param Uppal, Greg West. Rookies: Ryan Hackney, Ryan Hadley, Baxter Holt, Oliver Davies, Matt Gilkes, Chad Sammut.
In: Sams, West (both upgraded), Davies, Gilkes (both rookies).
Out: Charlie Stobo, Henry Thornton, Arjun Nair, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Jordan Gauci.
Western Australia Men
WA achieved half of their off-season goals by committing rising star Josh Philippe to the state for his domestic cricket, but were unable to lure him back to join the Perth Scorchers for the KFC BBL. In a sign that the Justin Langer days of the WA and Scorchers sides being basically one and the same, Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile are also big name exits from the Scorchers this summer. WA also made the surprise move to ditch batsman Will Bosisto from their list as Adam Voges demands more from his squad for his second season in charge as the head coach. The 25-year-old had been a rising star in WA ranks and frequent member of the CA XI development sides. Veteran batsman Jon Wells also paid the price and was delisted while paceman Alex Bevilaqua has headed to Tasmania. Fast bowler Aaron Hardie was upgraded to a full contract with three new rookies on the 28-man list.
CA contracts: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis. Squad: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Jake Carder, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Simon Mackin, Mitch Marsh, David Moody, Joel Paris, Josh Philippe, D’arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman. Rookies: Sam Fanning, Jayden Goodwin, Bradley Hope, Lance Morris, Matthew Spoors.
In: Fanning, Goodwin, Hope (all rookies)
Out: Alex Bevilaqua, Will Bosisto, Tim David, Clint Hinchliffe, Jon Wells.
The return of a famous name for Queensland as Alister McDermott, son of fast bowling legend Craig, rejoins the state squad. He was part of the 2012-13 Shield winning side, and the 13-14 One-Day Cup champion team. McDermott forced his way back in through weight of performances in Premier Cricket and his return will help ease the loss of tireless veteran Luke Feldman, who has returned to the police force. The Bulls will be hoping for more from their batsmen on the fringes of the national team with Matthew Renshaw in particular looking to put a disappointing 2018-19 behind him. Chris Lynn – as in previous seasons – has declined a state contract to start the summer but will look to earn his way to an upgrade through weight of performances in the one-day cup. He still holds a long-term deal with the Brisbane Heat.
CA contract: Usman Khawaja. Squad: Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Brendan Doggett, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Alister McDermott, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Lachlan Pfeffer, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth. Rookies: Blake Edwards, Corey Hunter, Nathan McSweeney, Bryce Street, Connor Sully, Matthew Willans.
In: McDermott, Hunter, Willans (both rookies).
Out: Luke Feldman (retired) Peter George, Sam Truloff, Chris Lynn.
Lovable and ever-smiling George Bailey returns for another season – his 18th – to dispel fears his playing days were over after dislocating his shoulder in last summer's BBL semi-final. But it remains to be seen if Bailey will play Shield cricket or limit himself to the One-Day Cup while he is also set for another season with the Hobart Hurricanes. The Tigers have also lured towering WA quick Alex Bevilaqua over where he will renew ties with head coach Adam Griffith, the former WA bowling coach. Local players Alex Pysecroft and Sean Willis start this summer on full contracts after forcing their way into the side last season. Griffith is with Australia's World Cup squad and absent from the early part of the Tassie pre-season but will return with high expectations of a squad that has a good blend of experience and youth.
CA contract: Tim Paine. Squad: George Bailey, Gabe Bell, Alex Bevilaqua, Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Alex Pyecroft, Sam Rainbird Tom Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Jordan Silk, Matthew Wade, Charlie Wakim, Beau Webster, Sean Willis. Rookies: Iain Carlisle, Jarrod Freeman, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Keegan Oates, Jack White, Macallister Wright.
In: Bevilaqua, Carlisle, Oates, Pyecroft, Willis.
Out: Nick Buchanan, Liam Devlin, Hamish Kingston, Aaron Summers.
South Australia Men
It's a rebuilding and rejuvenation era for South Australian cricket, and one that seems likely to be expedited given the rise of the likes of Travis Head, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson to national ranks. The return of Wes Agar from Victoria adds some bowling depth to a side that starts is pre-season With Dan Worrall sidelined with a back injury picked up in England. After dropping veterans Callum Ferguson and Tom Cooper for the latter stages of last season's Shield competition, both batsmen have retained the spot on the roster, and expectations will be high. Chasing at their heels will be the new faces on the rookie list in Jacob Dickman and Toyota Futures League run-machine Henry Hunt, while "zippy" quick Tim Oakley has also joined.
CA contracts: Alex Carey, Travis Head, Adam Zampa. Squad: Wes Agar, Tom Andrews, Tom Cooper, John Dalton, Callum Ferguson, David Grant, Jake Lehmann, Conor McInerney, Joe Mennie, Harry Nielsen, Patrick Page Jnr, Kane Richardson, Luke Robins, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Daniel Worrall. Rookies: Jacob Dickman, Henry Hunt, Spencer Johnson, Tim Oakley, Lloyd Pope, Ben Pengelley
In: Agar, Dickman, Oakley, Hunt.
Out: Kelvin Smith, Elliot Opie, Michael Cormack, Jake Winter