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Queensland Sheffield Shield Preview 2022/23

Last Season: 5th

Prediction: 4th


Welcome to the second preview for the upcoming Sheffield Shield Season. The Queensland Bulls have historically been a threat but last seasons 5th place finish was quite poor and unfortunately, I see it happening again. While Neser should play the whole season as he is probably 6th in line on the pace bowlers list, they lack batting once Marnus & Khawaja get called up. They have just the three players that are in the mix for the test squad but the two aforementioned players are essential as they seriously lack batting depth at this current point in time however, they will majorly benefit from not a lot of players being involved in the T20 World Cup Squad.


Best Squad

1. Bryce Street (Bat)

2. Usman Khawaja (Bat)*

3. Marnus Labuschagne (Bat)*

4. Joe Burns (Bat)

5. Matt Renshaw (Bat)

6. Jimmy Peirson (WK)

7. Jack Wildermuth (AR)

8. Michael Neser (Bowl)

9. Gurinder Sandhu (Bowl)

10. Mark Steketee (Bowl)

11. Mitchell Swepson (Bowl)*


This squad looks very good on paper. If we were picking based on potential at full power, it would be number 3 however, it likely will always have 1-3 missing. Bryce Street looks to be a very promising young player and will play for Australia one day, likely sooner rather than later but I feel a few are still ahead coming into the summer. Captain Khawaja opens with him and Marnus goes in at 3. Joe Burns will bat at 4 and Matt Renshaw seems to enjoy batting 4-5 so keep him there. Jimmy Peirson is arguably the best gloveman in the country and has improved his batting a stack. Realistically, he could be better than Alex Carey at the test level but no point chopping and changing at this current point in time (unless Carey stinks up the start of the shield season. Wildermuth at 7. Neser might be in the Australia set up at some point but I would say he spends most of the time playing for Queensland. Sandhu, Steketee and Swepson round at the bowlers and boy, is that a quality attack.


Side if all the Aussie Players are called up

1. Bryce Street (Bat)

2. Joe Burns (Bat)

3. Matt Renshaw (Bat)

4. Jack Clayton (Bat)

5. Sam Truloff (Bat)

6. Jimmy Peirson (WK)

7. Jack Wildermuth (AR)

8. Michael Neser (Bowl)

9. Gurinder Sandhu (Bowl)

10. Mark Steketee (Bowl)

11. Matt Kuhnemann (Bowl)


Joe Burns gets shifted up to his natural role as opener and Renshaw gets bumped to three. Jack Clayton seemed to show enough with the bat last season. Sam Truloff based off last years form seems to be a bit off Shield standard but I elected to stick with him as I believe this team needs all the batting power it can get with their top order out. If you want to try and blast sides out, you could select Liam Guthrie instead or if you wanted a mix of batting and bowling, James Bazely could be the guy but I believe the 5 bowlers in this squad are absolute quality. Matt Kuhnemann replaces Swepson which was a very easy suggestion.

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