About the Match
Despite losing their last two games, South Australia enjoys the third position on the table with 32.1 points; they will go up against Queensland, who are in the 4th place close behind with 31.31, on 25th February at Adelaide for the 23rd match of the series. When the two teams clashed against each other in the beginning of the season, Queensland had dominated and won the match by a massive 128 runs; Queensland has recently drawn the match against NSW and won the contest against Tasmania by 133 runs. It will be a tough fight between the two sides and whichever team can keep a cool head above its shoulders, will be better placed to emerge victorious.
The batting line-up consists of players like Tim Head, JS Lehmann, Sam Raphael, Ferguson, Weatherald, Tom Cooper, Alex Ross and wicket-keeper Alex Carey, who have done well sometimes but haven’t been consistent with the bat. While chasing a target of 313 against Victoria in the second innings, Head, Carey and lower-order player Richardson tried their best to keep the scoreboard ticking but they were all-out for 188 within 43 overs. In the same match Lehmann had posted a brilliant 92 but they couldn’t combine well to chase the competitive total.
Against Western Australia, it was an even more heart wrenching story as the batsmen came close to the 200-run target but lost in the end by 7 runs. Middle-order batsmen Carey and Cooper fought hard but with no support from others, they suffered defeat. Against Queensland too, the batting line-up had collapsed like a pack of cards while chasing 446, and they were all-out for 317.
The bowling department has the very much in-form medium-pacer Chadd Sayers, who took a total of 8 wickets against Victoria and finished with 9 against WA. Speedster Kane Richardson also grabbed 9 wickets against WA and has been consistently providing breakthroughs. Spinner Adam Zampa had found success against Queensland previously, taking 5 wickets totally and along with Tim Head can try to outwit the opponents once again.
Openers Burns and Forrest put up a brilliant 140-run opening stand in the first innings chase for 604 against NSW recently and then Forrest came back in the follow-on to score an unbeaten 88 to steer the team safely to a draw. Matt Renshaw and Usman Khawaja were successful against SA previously as they posted well-made centuries in the first innings and laid the foundation for the win; they add depth to the batting line-up along with players like Heazlett, Hartley, Labuschange and Truloff, who can keep the scoreboard ticking.
Medium-pacers Neser and Steketee caused demolition of Tasmania batsmen while speedsters Gannon and Wildermuth provided regular wickets to help win the match by 133 runs. Jason Floros was exceptional with his spin bowling, taking 3 wickets and stifling the opponents; along with others like Labuschange and Burns, Queensland can try to mix up their attack to surprise SA batsmen again.
Overall, they have done well to dominate other teams with bat and ball, and having won already against South Australia before, the players will be motivated to win again.
South Australia batsmen are yet to come out all guns blazing but they will fight hard to do so here in order to avenge their previous defeat; however, going by the team on-paper, South Australia looks better placed to emerge victorious again here.