Posts Tagged "Sheffield Shield"

With Test stars in action and international spots on the line, at least theoretically, the first three rounds of this season’s Sheffield Shield have been intriguing.

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Rhythm, tempo and expression. Characteristics that are as essential to the success of a batsman as they are to a harmonic melody.

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Welcome to selection day. By 11am, we will know the team who are going to try and take Australia to Ashes glory.

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Western Australian opening batsman and wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft must play in the first Test for Australia, but with plenty of players in a form rut just over a week before the first Test, the question of who he should replace remains in the balance.

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Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood will go into the Ashes series with just one Sheffield Shield game under his belt since injury after being rested from next week’s round.

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The second round of the Sheffield Shield is over and a few players put their names up in lights, while other Test incumbents continued to falter.

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The second round of the Sheffield Shield concluded on Monday and some new names have been thrown into Australia’s Ashes selection mix.

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If there was ever a time for Shaun Marsh to make runs, this was it. He has been given countless opportunities in the Australian team, but yesterday – against the attack who will run onto the Gabba in the first Test match – he put his hand firmly in the air.

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With the Ashes kicking off at the Gabba on November 23, the debate over the makeup of the Aussie cricket team continues.

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Australian opener Matt Renshaw’s form is going from bad to worse across the opening rounds of the Sheffield Shield and it’s getting to the point where the selectors could be searching for a replacement.

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Australian incumbent No.6 Glenn Maxwell has landed his first punch of the summer in the battle for the most widely debated position ahead of the Ashes.

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He dented Hilton Cartwright’s Ashes hopes on a wet weekend in Sydney, but Josh Hazlewood reckons the all-rounder still deserves to be Australia’s first-choice Test No.6.

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Three innings for three failures is not how Matthew Wade would have planned the start of his summer in Tasmania, but finally, others are beginning to mount a case to take the gloves on November 23.

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There is cause for both optimism and pessimism regarding Josh Hazlewood’s lead-up to the Ashes.

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The opening round of the Sheffield Shield only added to the intrigue surrounding Australia’s Ashes line-up.

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Mitchell Starc took eight wickets and Matthew Wade failed again as Tasmania were reduced to just 63 in a day of carnage to finish the first round of the Sheffield Shield.

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It’s been a bowling-friendly round of the Sheffield Shield, but Hilton Cartwright has again sent a message to selectors, top scoring for Western Australia in the second innings against Tasmania.

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Australia’s incumbent wicket-keeper Matthew Wade hasn’t helped his chances of selection for the first Test after being dismissed cheaply in Tasmania’s opening round Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia.

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Changes could be looming at the top of the Australian batting order for the Ashes, after the under pressure Usman Khawaja, opener Matt Renshaw and potential bolter Joe Burns all failed to make it past 50 for Queensland on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield.

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The Sheffield Shield starts tomorrow and with the Test wicketkeeping and number six spots up for grabs, the domestic competition will take centre stage for a change.

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