We are in the 1st game of the Sheffield Shield 2023-24. Hosts South Australia will take on Tasmania. The two sides have shared a close rivalry, and in the two games last season they won a game each. A good start will be necessary for both teams, and we expect to see a close contest between the bat and the ball.
South Australia’s Home Advantage: South Australia plays at home, which is a big advantage for the side. The players know the conditions at this venue well and shall look to take advantage of it. Tasmania has a new-look bowling attack and they will be under pressure in this contest. It will be interesting to see how his bowling attack fares in this contest.
South Australia Preview: Jake Lehmann’s side avoided finishing at the bottom of the points table last year after five seasons. They finished third, their best show since the 2016-17 season. The side will look for a good start in their first game of the season. They play at home, and Lehmann would like to use the home advantage and start the proceedings with a win.
The side will have a new opening pair this season and expect a good start from Kelvin Smith and Jake Carder at the top. Lehmann must lead from the front and add runs in the middle order along with Nathan McSweeney and Daniel Drew. Harry Nielsen is a good batter down the order, and he will look to add runs with Jake Fraser-McGurk and Ben Martini.
Brendan Doggett and Wes Agar have bowled together with the new ball in the past, and the team will need a good show from them in this game. Nathan McAndrew looked good last season, and he must bowl tight spells with Ben Manenti in the middle. Nathan McSweeney must do well in the supporting role.
South Australia Predicted Playing XI: Jake Lehmann (c), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Kelvin Smith, Daniel Drew, Nathan McSweeney, Harry Conway, Harry Nielsen (wk), Ben Manenti, Nathan McAndrew, Wes Agar, Brendan Doggett
Tasmania Preview: Jordan Silk’s side won just two games last year and they would like to put that behind and make a good start. The team has a strong batting line-up, but the bowling attack is new and inexperienced. It will be a big test for their players, and they will look to make a positive impression in their first game.
Jake Weatherald’s entry is a big boost for the side, and he will look to offer a good start in this game along with Caleb Jewell. The middle order is formidable, and the side will need a good show from Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, and Jordan Silk. Beau Webster and Jarrod Freeman will look to add runs in the lower middle order.
The side is fielding a young pace attack, and they would like to see early wickets in this game from Gabe Bell and Sam Rainbird, Charlie Wakim, Mitchell Owen, and Jarrod Freeman will have to play an important role and keep up the pressure on the South Australians. Webster will look to do well in the supporting role.
Tasmania Predicted Playing XI: Jordan Silk (c), Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade (wk), Jake Weatherald, Beau Webster, Jarrod Freeman, Gabe Bell, Sam Rainbird, Paddy Dooley, Charlie Wakim, Mitchell Owen
Pitch and Weather Conditions: Adelaide will have overcast skies on October 3, likely to assist the fast bowlers. The batting conditions have been good, as the ball has come onto the bat nicely, and batters must apply themselves. A score of 350 runs or more in the first innings shall be a good total at this venue.
Venue Details: Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide, is a small ground, and this venue has short square boundaries. Fast bowlers get the ball to move in the early overs, but it is a tough venue for the spinners as the small size of the ground doesn’t allow any room for error. Batters have done well in the past and can score runs easily at this venue.
Toss: To Bowl The weather conditions will be challenging, and we will likely see assistance for the bowlers in this game. Sides chasing scores in these conditions always tend to have an advantage. Hence, the side winning the toss shall look to take advantage of the conditions by bowling first.
South Australia vs. Tasmania – Winning Prediction: Both sides have been among the bottom hunters of the points table. Tasmania has a strong batting line-up but lacks experience and teeth in their bowling attack. The side will look for a good show from their bowlers. South Australia has a settled team. They play at home, and it gives them a slight edge.
Today Match Winner – South Australia to win
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