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Round 7 Sheffield Shield wrap – Who's keeping their spot at the head of the Test queue?

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The Sheffield Shield returns and with it all the drama and intrigue around who is voted off Test selection island next. Stay tuned for the latest episode of Surviv… I mean, the Sheffield Shield.

Queensland v Tasmania (The Gabba, Brisbane)

3 Sentence Summary
A typically tricky Gabba wicket provided an entertaining contest for the fans. Gabe Bell gave the Tasmanians a shot at rolling Queensland for a low score, but Queensland led by 224. Tasmanian skipper Jordan Silk led the Tigers home in a tricky chase.

Who pushed Test claims?
Jack Clayton made it a tricky total for the Tasmanians to chase while showcasing his potential Big Bash skills in the process. His 102 in a difficult situation showcased his class. Gabe Bell also showcased his skill with 10 wickets, and through 35 Shield matches, he has 135 wickets! Watch this space…

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Matthew Renshaw of the Bulls bats during the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Queensland at Blundstone Arena, on October 28, 2023, in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

Queensland opener Matthew Renshaw. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

Who did not push Test claims?
The selectors and Matt Renshaw, after being promoted into the Australian 13, would be disappointed with his output. 2 runs and 2 runs make for disappointing reading, but it was a difficult wicket. He will hope for more runs in the next Shield game.

Victoria vs South Australia (Junction Oval, Melbourne)

3 Sentence Summary
The usually batting-friendly Junction Oval pitch played more like The Gabba on Day 1, with wickets tumbling regularly. While Jake Lehmann slammed the pitch, it provided an entertaining match overall. Victoria won with a nervy chase proving that more than ever the tail needs to make runs too.

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Who Pushed Test Claims?
A great return to Shield cricket for Nic Maddinson. Selected for Australia when he was not in form, an outstanding 12 months in Sheffield Shield cricket could help propel him back into the side with potential spots opening up. Watch this space.

Who Did Not Push Test Claims?
Marcus Harris. Disappointed that he was not selected for the Australian side, he had a chance to push his claims on a ground where he averages 78. Unfortunately Harris failed to deliver on that average and will be hoping for a bigger score next round.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Cameron Bancroft of Western Australia celebrates scoring a half century during the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Western Australia at Blundstone Arena, on February 22, 2023, in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

Western Australia’s Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

New South Wales vs Western Australia (WACA Ground, Perth)

3 Sentence Summary
Insert obligatory pitch comment here. Full of controversy, in the end, New South Wales showed why its crop of talented youngsters were handed Baggy Greens (along with their Baggy Blues… That was a joke for those that did not get it) with Ollie Davies in particular guiding them home. Sam Whiteman’s 102 was the score of note for Western Australia as they look to put a disappointing round behind them.

Who Pushed Test Claims?
Chris Green, better known for his T20 exploits, quietly took 6 wickets in the second innings to go with his 3 in the first. At 30 years old and only having played 10 matches of Sheffield Shield cricket, time and long-form experience are not on his side, but stranger things have happened. He does however need to remember to stay in his crease when blocking a return throw from the bowler.

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Who Did Not Push Test Claims?
Step into Cameron Bancroft’s shoes for a moment. Missing out on that coveted spot in the Australian 13 despite being a consistent starter for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash to go along with sparkling form in the previous six Shield rounds (not to mention last year), only to fail to convert a start in his first round back. He’d feel pretty frustrated. Here’s hoping Bancroft returns to his dominating best as a batsman and continues to push his case in the remaining Shield rounds.

Daniel Hughes of New South Wales

New South Wales’ Daniel Hughes. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Best XI of the round

This looks at the best players in each position and fits them in where appropriate. Players can be moved down a rung in the batting order from where they normally bat, but they cannot move up. For example, Matthew Renshaw could open or bat at 3, but since he did not make runs in the middle order, he would not be eligible to bat in the middle order. The objective of this is to track the consistency across the Shield season. At least one player from each side should be selected unless one team utterly dominated that round.

Nic Maddinson
Sam Whiteman
Daniel Hughes
Jack Clayton
Ben McDermott
Moises Henriques
Harry Nielsen
Chris Green
Fergus O’Neill
Gabe Bell
Billy Stanlake

Stay tuned for Round 8!

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