SAU vs WAU Dream11 Prediction: South Australia and Western Australia will lock horns in the first match of the Sheffield Shield. The match will be played from Friday, 24th September to Monday, 27th September 2021. South Australia boast the likes of Travis Head and Alex Carey in their squad, whereas, Western Australia have the likes of Shaun Marsh and Jhye Richardson.
Western Australia finished on the third spot in the points table last season, winning two of their eight matches. They lost one match, whereas, five matches ended in a draw. Meanwhile, South Australia had a tournament to forget, given that they finished last on the points table, with three losses and five draws. They could manage to salvage just 12 points from the entire campaign.
South Australia and Western Australia kickstart their respective campaigns as they clash in the opening game of Sheffield Shield 2021-22. South Australia will be led by Travis Head, who had a stellar season with the bat last time around. On the other hand, Western Australia will be led by the experienced campaigner, Shaun Marsh who finished as the fourth highest run-getter last season.
Fixture Name: Match 1, South Australia vs Western Australia
Competition: Sheffield Shield 2021-22
Date: 24 September, 2021
Time: 6:00 AM IST
Team Form Guide:
WAU (recent last): L W D
SAU (recent last): D D L
Ground: Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide, South Australia
Pitch Report: The pitch at Karen Rolton Oval is known to favor the batsman, given the huge amount of scores scored last season. The track offers a bit of assistance to the pace bowlers, however, spinners will have to be patient in order to grab a few wickets. The average first innings score at this venue last season was 331.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: The last match at this venue took place between Victoria and Western Australia. The match ended in a draw. Victoria posted a score of 414/4 in the first innings, which was followed by Western Australia posting a total of 479/4. In the second innings, Victoria scored 199 runs for the loss of 4 wickets, when the match ended in a draw.
The opening match of the Sheffield Shield will be played between South Australia and Western Australia. Since it is the opening match of the tournament, there will be a lot of uncertainty regarding the playing combinations. Hence, we will choose players who have performed well during the past campaign and are expected to hold their place.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Alex Carey, Josh Philippe
BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Jake Weatherald, Cameron Green
ALL-ROUNDERS: Hilton Cartwright, Joel Paris
BOWLERS: Wes Agar, Jhye Richardson, Lloyd Pope
Western Australia marginally missed out on the finals last season, as they finished third in the points table with 29 points. New South Wales, who finished second had 31 points to their names. On the other hand, South Australia have a lot of work to do, as they finished on the bottom of the table, failing to secure even one victory. Travis Head will hope to get his side off to a good start against Western Australia, and bury the ghosts from last season.
South Australia boast of a strong squad, particularly their batting department. The likes of Alex Carey and Travis Head are experienced batters, and will hope to make it count this time around. In the bowling department, Wes Agar will lead the lines once again, and will be assisted by Daniel Worrall and Nathan McAndrew. Travis Head was the second highest run-getter last season.
Travis Head is undoubtedly one of the most important members of South Australia. Head will lead his side once again this campaign, and will expect a much better result this time around. Last season, he smashed 893 runs in seven matches, at an impeccable average of 68.69. He finished as the second highest run-getter behind Cameron Green, who scored 922 runs. His biggest knock came against Western Australia, where he smashed 223 runs in just 245 balls last season.
Alex Carey is another player to watch out for in the South Australian squad. Having established himself as a regular in the limited overs format for Australia, he would like to do the same in the Test format. Alex Carey smashed 299 runs in just three matches last season, at an average of 59.80. His best knock of 125 runs came against New South Wales in March this year.
South Australia have named a strong 13 man squad for their opener against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield. Jake Weatherald is expected to open the batting, whereas, Travis Head and Alex Carey will lead the charge from the middle order.
SAU Playing 11 (Likely)
Western Australia will miss several of their key players in the opening encounter of the Sheffield Shield. Nevertheless, they put up a good show in the last season, having finished third in the points table. They will be led by Shaun Marsh, who has been a consistent performer in first-class cricket over the years. Cameron Green, who finished as the top run-getter last season is also available for selection.
Cameron Green took the Sheffield Shield by storm last season, where he smashed 922 runs in his eight matches at an average of 76.83. His highest score was of 251 runs in the last campaign. His extraordinary performances in the last season earned him a call up to the Australian squad for the Test series against India. Green finished as the highest run-getter last time around, and he is expected to continue with his stellar performances.
Shaun Marsh led his team from the front, as he smashed 734 runs in his eight matches at an average of nearly 57. The left-handed batsman batted at number three for his side, and finished as the fourth highest run getter overall. The 28-year-old is an experienced player, having represented Australia in all forms of international cricket, including 38 Test matches.
Western Australia will miss several of their key players during their clash against South Australia. The likes of D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff are all set to miss the first match. Yet, Western Australia have a very strong squad consisting of Alex Carey, Josh Philippe and Shaun Marsh in their batting department.
WAU Playing 11 (likely)
Watch South Australia vs Western Australia Sheffield Shield 2021-22 Live streaming on Fancode. The ball-to-ball commentary and live streaming action will be available on the FanCode app. The live scores can also be tracked on the Offical Cricket Australia Website. The first two games of the season can be viewed by the spectators in the stands, and the tickets are free of any cost.
The match will not be broadcasted on any channel. The first two games of the season will be streamed live on cricket.com.au, the CA Live app and Kayo Sports. The match between Western Australia and South Australia will be held between September 24-28, 2021.
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