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Western Australia vs New South Wales
2018 JLT OD Cup, Game 2, September 18
|WACA Ground, Perth, WA|
|Toss: New South Wales to bat first|
|Western Australia||New South Wales|
The JLT Cup heads to Perth with Western Australia set to take on New South Wales. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4pm (AEST).
The Warriors come into the tournament as one of the favourites to take it out, and with home ground advantage for the first few of their matches, they will have their eyes set on a top-two finish and easier run through the finals.
While Cameron Bancroft is suspended and the Marsh brothers are off to play for Australia in the United Arab Emirates, they have plenty of players who will look to use this tournament to push for inclusion in Australia’s squad to play South Africa in an upcoming limited overs series.
Their attack is shaping up as the strongest in the competition, with Andrew Tye, Joel Paris, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jhye Richardson, who may have unlucky not to travel to the UAE.
Playing in Perth, they will be hoping for a green top to run with an attack of four quicks, to go alongside all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and D’Arcy Short, who will almost certainly open the batting.
The duo will lead the batting attack, with Hilton Cartwright, captain Ashton Turner and Jonathan Wells also chipping in. Ashton Agar will also be part of the side for the first two games of the tournament.
The Blues, on the other hand, have named what, on paper at least, looks like a pretty weak squad. At this stage, the balance looks a little out and very short on batting.
Former Test keeper Peter Nevill and Kurtis Patterson will need to stand up with the stick if they are to challenge the Warriors bowling outfit, while Moises Henriques and Daniel Hughes will also have roles to play.
With the ball, Trent Copeland will need to keep things tight, while Daniel Sams could also find himself with a role to play. The Blues need to keep themselves close to the top so that they are in a position to strike later in the tournament should they get Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins back in the fold.
Youngster Jason Sangha will also be one to keep an eye on, should he get a run. Heralded as one of the best youngsters in the country, Sangha became the second youngest player to score a century against England last summer in a tour match playing for the Cricket Australia XI.
Western Australia are one of the undoubted tournament favourites and should come away with a pretty convincing win here over a weakened New South Wales squad.
Warriors in a canter.
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First ball: 4pm (AEST)
Venue: WACA Ground, Perth, WA
TV: Live, Fox Cricket 501
Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now, cricket live pass
Betting: Warriors $1.60, Blues $2.28
Overall record: Played 58, Western Australia 32, New South Wales 25, Tied 1
Umpires: Greg Davidson, Phil Gillespie
Western Australia (squad)
Ashton Turner (c), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Joel Paris, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Jonathan Wells
New South Wales (squad)
Peter Nevill (c), Sean Abbott, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Ryan Gibson, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Stephen O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha