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South Australia Sheffield Shield Preview 2022/23

Last Season: 6th

Prediction: 6th


Welcome to the 3rd Sheffield Shield preview for the 2022-23 season. Here, we will be looking at the SA Redbacks who have struggled for some time and it does not look like their pain will be eased. I will say this, the T20 World Cup will benefit them and they will need to take full opportunity and win as many games as possible in that time when they will be at full strength.


Full Strength Squad

1. Henry Hunt (Bat)*

2. Jake Weatherald (Bat)

3. Jake Carder (Bat)

4. Travis Head (Bat)*

5. Jake Lehmann (Bat)

6. Alex Carey (WK)*

7. Liam Scott (AR)

8. Nathan McAndrew (Bowl-AR)

9. Wes Agar/Brendan Doggett (Bowl)

10. Harry Conway (Bowl)

11. Lloyd Pope (Bowl)


At full strength, this is still probably the worst squad, probably just behind Tasmania. Henry Hunt is probably the opener right now who is most likely to replace Warner if they decide to do so (along with Pucovski) however, he may play the whole season for South Australia. Weatherald will partner him and Carder at 3 who had a promising year last year. Travis Head will bat at 4 and pick up some of the bowling slack. Jake Lehmann comes in at 5 and Carey at 6. Carey and Head will miss a fair few games due to being in the Australia set up. SA need to capitalise with them in the squad. I decided to go with Liam Scott at number 7. A promising all-rounder and warrants being selected. Nathan McAndrew and Harry Conway both pick themselves. I think Wes Agar is a superior bowler to Doggett but he is more injury prone and seems to prefer the shorter format. You could select both and drop Lloyd Pope though which is a very valid idea. Would go in with 5 pacers plus Travis Head which is a valid idea. Ben Manenti could be selected ahead of Pope as well. If you want to go four bowlers and bat deeper, you could drop Pope, play two of Scott, Doggett & Agar and bat Drew in the side.


Squad without the Australia Players

1. Jake Weatherald (Bat)

2. Daniel Drew (Bat)

3. Jake Carder (Bat)

4. Jake Lehmann (Bat)

5. Nathan McSweeney (Bat-AR)

6. Harry Nielson (WK)

7. Liam Scott (AR)

8. Nathan McAndrew (Bowl-AR)

9. Wes Agar/Brendan Doggett (Bowl)

10. Harry Conway (Bowl)

11. Lloyd Pope (Bowl)


I decided to open Drew as I am not sure who would open if Hunt got the call up. I was tossing up between McSweeney and Kelly and elected McSweeney but either are valid and not much splits them. Nielson is a good replacement for Carey.

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