Victoria vs Western Australia, Match 1
21st September 2019, 11:30 AM IST
W.A.C.A Ground, Perth
The Australian summer of 2019-20 commences as the first game of the revamped Marsh One-Day Cup sees Victoria face off against a star-studded Western Australia outfit at the W.A.C.A. Unlike the previous seasons where Australian Internationals didn’t feature much in the competition, regulars such as Aaron Finch and Nathan Coulter-Nile take to field on Saturday with Australia looking towards the future after a decent ICC World Cup campaign in England. Defending champions, Victoria enter the game as the favourites with balance being key for them although Western Australia aren’t ones to be taken lightly. With two of the most consistent batsmen in D’Arcy Short and Shaun Marsh in their ranks, they will bank on home conditions to see them through this stern challenge.
A good batting surface awaits the two sides in the season opener with scores of 260-270 being competitive. WACA has traditionally been helpful to the pacers with extra pace and bounce on offer and should be no different on Saturday as well.
The weather is all clear for this game with temperatures also varying in the range of 14-20 degrees all across Perth. The pacers will get help early on with the new ball in what is a decent pitch to be a fast bowler.
Injuries: No injuries were reported from either side
Probable Playing XI
Australian internationals, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh are picked in the side with their experience bound to serve them well on what is a good pitch to bat on. Young star, Will Pucovski is another one to watch out for along with WA captain, Ashton Turner. Known for his searing yorkers, Matt Kelly should pick a wicket or two while Chris Tremain and Andrew Tye are decent options to round off the fantasy team as well.
1. Glenn Maxwell
2. Shaun Marsh
3. Will Pucovski
Cameron Bancroft, Points: 32-34, Grade: A
Aaron Finch, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
Shaun Marsh, Points: 90-92, Grade: A+
Ashton Turner, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Will Pucovski, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
Marcus Stoinis, Points: 50-52, Grade: B
Matt Kelly, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
Andrew Tye, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
Glenn Maxwell, Points: 95-97, Grade: A+
Jackson Coleman, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
Chris Tremain, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
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