South Australia, Victoria and Queensland notched wins in the first round of the Sheffield Shield after the BBL break. Here are three talking points.
These five Victorians are set to light up the Sheffield Shield this summer.
He is an up-and-coming bowler who has toiled hard especially at Carlton in Victorian Premier Cricket where he has impressed selectors last season enough to give him his Marsh Cup debut. He is a quality bowler and if he has a stellar season with the Big V he could get a call-up in the future for Australia. He has an impressive career at Carlton. Last season he took 30 wickets at an average of 18.3 and that included three five-wicket hauls. He will be one to watch with potential to take over from Peter Siddle. He has a great work rate and has performed well for the Victorian second XI with 4-52 last season against WA.
This kid has star written all over him. In his Victorian Shield debut he made an impressive 50 and will be looked at highly. Being only 18 years old and the third youngest player to play Shield cricket for Victoria, he could be the future for Victorian and Australian cricket. Fraser-McGurk has impressed at all levels through his underage development career. He only has two first-class matches to his name, but he is a genuine gun. Fraser-McGurk is likely to be given a Test cap in the future and in this season will be looked at in the same conversation with Cameron Green from WA. A run-in with a monkey at a nature reserve in South Africa put an unfortunate early end to his under-19 World Cup campaign last year, but there is a lot of excitement around what he can bring to the table.
He is an older figure but he is key to Victoria’s one-day success. With his strengths being his slower ball and cutters, they help win games for Victoria. He had an impressive season in 2019-20 with 17 wickets at an average of 35.2 with his best being 4-62 against Queensland. He will be one to watch this Shield season as Peter Siddle has moved on, so he must take on a bigger workload for Victoria. In addition to this he could get a call-up to the Australia one-day team if he performs well at Marsh Cup level.
This opening batsman is skilled in all departments. Dean performed excellently last year in the number of games he played (five), scoring over 300 runs at an average of 40.3. He will be the go-to opening batsman this season and has proven his ability by amassing a lot runs at Premier level, so hopefully he is able to show his full worth at first-class level. A big season in the VCA could generate discussion of a future Australian debut at Test level.
The new kid on the block comes off the back of an impressive season at Essendon, which saw McClure take 17 wickets and made his Premier first XI debut as well as his Victorian second XI debut. McClure was a late call-up into the Australian under-19 World Cup squad, replacing Fraser-McGurk, and he has played in a Cricket Australia exhibition match for the Ponting XII. He caught the eye of selectors playing for Victoria Country in the under-19 National Championships, taking ten wickets in the carnival. He will be one to watch as he continues grow and he has the potential to become a gun for Victoria in the future.