About the Match
Victoria continues to lead the pack with 43.67 points and will now play against Western Australia, which is in the 5th place with 28.11 points, from 25th February at Perth. The two teams are facing each other for the first time in this series and they both will try to make good use of the resources at hand to dominate on the field. While Victoria defeated South Australia recently by 124 runs and lost to NSW by an innings and 77 runs, Western Australia has registered two consecutive victories against Tasmania and South Australia recently to make a comeback. It needs to be seen which side will come out on the top here.
They cruised to a big win against Tasmania as the bowlers demolished the opposition to 198 all-out in the first innings and restricted them to 265 in the second; the batsmen then charged ahead with full force, building steady partnerships and achieving the target with 9 wickets in hand. Bowlers Cameron Green and Simon Mackin took 7 and 5 wickets respectively while David Moody wrapped up with 5 wickets as well. Others like Andrew Tye, Cartwright, Voges and Turner played well and they bring variety to the attack.
The batting line-up has players like Bancroft, who scored a well-made 84 in the first innings of the last match, Jonathan Wells and Cartwright, who posted 78 and 94 runs respectively, and can be relied on to build good opening stands. Voges leads the side but he could do better with the bat personally; Michael Klinger, Ashton Turner and Josh Inglis, who scored a superb half-century against Tasmania, ensure to keep the runs flowing and they add stability to the middle-order.
Overall, they had a rough beginning but have started to make amends with both bat and ball in recent outings, leading to convincing wins; they look strong to continue with the momentum.
They handed out a thrashing defeat to South Australia in the last match, winning the contest by 124 runs thanks to an all-round effort by bowlers and batsmen. The first innings was a dismal show with only Finch and White being able to hold their ground; they scored 40+runs each and with help from Pattinson down the line, they could accumulate just 184 runs. The 2nd innings saw a better effort by players like Dean, Harris and Stoinis, who laid a good foundation; Finch’s 71 off 104 and White’s well-made half-century helped them post 306 runs, which the bowlers defended successfully.
They have a strong pace unit with experienced players like Scott Boland, James Pattinson and Chris Tremain, who provided quick breakthroughs against SA and were instrumental in winning the match. Marcus Stoinis and spinner Holland add depth to the squad, and they can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with yet again.
Against NSW, the batting line-up crumbled under pressure and they were all-out for just 188 in reply to the opponent’s 523. They could take a cautious approach against WA pace, and once settled could come out all guns blazing to dominate all the way through.
While Western Australia comes here at the back of two consecutive wins, and their morale has received a major boost, we feel that Victoria with its experienced and sharp pace attack is better placed to win over the weekend.