About the Match
The summer of Australian domestic cricket has just started and both teams kick- start their campaign on Friday in the month long one-day tournament. Queensland will lock horns with Western Australia and players from both teams are expected to put up some brilliant performances, after demonstrating their potential in the recently concluded Champions League Series as well as the Big Bash series in the earlier part of the year. The match is expected to draw crowds to the stands and will be a feast to the spectators which will prove to be a big fillip to the domestic cricket in Australia.
The team has emerging players who are hungry to perform well here, keeping an eye on the coveted spot in the national team. Ryan Harris is an experienced fast bowler who can be a model for McDonald, McDermott and Gannon. Fairly good mix of left-right combinations in batting; pace and spin attack while fielding will prove a positive factor for this team with variety. Most of the team members were part of Brisbane Heat in Champions League and hence have the experience of playing under different conditions. While Captain Hopes, Burns and Usman Khwaja can give a decent beginning to the innings, Forrest will be solid in the middle order, playing a stabilizing role and can accelerate the scoring. The team is expected to have a fairly long tail which will necessitate the top and middle order to hold the innings.
The squad is balanced with the young and old and certainly would provide a launching pad for the youngsters to prove themselves; are eager to come out with flying colors, the team will look forward to start their campaign on a winning note. Most of the players have been part of Perth Scorchers in the recently concluded Champions League and hence are not rusty. As they have good experience of playing in different conditions, the team can adopt to the situation without much of a hassle. The team strategists have good options for opening the innings with Agar, Davis and Harris, while Cartwright and Turner can play the anchoring role in the top order, guiding the younger players. The tight bowling unit comprising of speedsters like Burt Cockley, Behrendorff and Liam Davis with a good support from Michael Beer, Nathan Rimmington and Ryan Duffield will certainly make it a tough for the opponents.
The domestic season is set to provide a great platform for the younger players to prove their mettle to catch the eyes of the selectors and hence they would not like to lose the chance of being in the playing eleven from the very beginning. The bench strength of both the teams is fairly impressive with good mix of old and young and variety, with the younger players enthusiastic to be agile and effective. Western Australia seems to have better options compared to the Queensland team and with proven performers who can change situations and bring fortunes to the team, this looks like an easy win for them.
Queensland, 1.72 @ Bet365