Marsh Sheffield Shield 2020-21
States name squads for domestic showdowns
Victoria welcome back five players while Tasmania have been dealt a double injury blow
19 March 2021, 05:36 PM AEST
Victoria have named a strong one-day squad to face the Bulls but there is still no sign of Aaron Finch or Glenn Maxwell as they remain locked out of Queensland.
James Pattinson, Marcus Harris, Scott Boland, Jon Holland and Will Sutherland all return to face the Bulls having been left out of Victoria's previous Marsh One-Day Cup clash against Tasmania.
The quintet featured in the washed-out Marsh Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane this week, but with only 76 overs bowled by the Bulls for the entire match, both sides should be fresh for the one-day encounter.
Finch and Maxwell are still unable to join the Vics after returning from New Zealand earlier this month. Queensland's border restrictions still require anyone who has been in NZ to quarantine for 14 days. Finch, Maxwell and the Australia T20 squad returned home on March 7, meaning the Victorian pair fall just short of being eligible to play in the March 20 clash at Allan Border Field.
Having been in and out of bio-secure bubbles since last August, Maxwell will likely remain in Melbourne until he flies out to the Indian Premier League on April 1. Finch is in a similar boat, and while he is not heading to the IPL, he is expected to have a break before picking up a bat again.
Victoria are yet to get off the mark in the Marsh Cup this season, losing their opening two games to NSW by 59 runs and Tasmania by six wickets.
Queensland, on the other hand, are two from two in the Marsh Cup with victories over the Tigers (four wickets) and WA (93 runs) and a win over the Vics will elevate them into the top two on the table.
Brisbane Heat allrounder James Bazley is set to make his Queensland debut on Saturday in place of Jack Wildermuth, who has suffered a minor quad strain.
Injury has also struck Tasmania, with Ben McDermott and Nathan Ellis going down in the Tigers' loss to NSW on Thursday and will miss the Marsh Sheffield Shield clash against the Blues from tomorrow in Hobart.
Tasmania have named a potent pace attack of Peter Siddle, Riley Meredith, Sam Rainbird and Jackson Bird, who has signed a six-match red-ball deal with English County Lancashire for this season.
NSW will be without international stars David Warner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Steve Smith and Moises Henriques, but have Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott at their disposal.
The Blues will be looking to cement themselves in the top two with a win while Tasmania will be searching for their maiden win of the season.
Queensland v Victoria, Marsh One-Day Cup, March 20, 10am local time, Allan Border Field
Victoria squad: Peter Handscomb (c), Scott Boland, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Todd Murphy, James Pattinson, Matthew Short, Will Sutherland
Queensland squad: Usman Khawaja (c), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Mark Steketee
Tasmania v NSW, Marsh Sheffield Shield, March 20-23, 10:30am local time, Blundstone Arena
Tasmania squad: Jackson Bird, Jake Doran, Jarrod Freeman, Caleb Jewell, Riley Meredith, Tim Paine, Sam Rainbird, Peter Siddle, Jordan Silk, Matthew Wade (c), Charlie Wakim, Beau Webster, Mac Wright
NSW squad: Peter Nevill (c), Sean Abbott, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Matthew Gilkes, Liam Hatcher, Lachlan Hearn, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Nathan Lyon, Kurtis Patterson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Solway, Mitchell Starc