New South Wales will lock horns with Victoria in the opening match of the Marsh One-Day Cup at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney.
Six teams will battle it out in the 52nd edition of the Marsh One-Day Cup. A total of 16 games will be played over a near two-month period, with the final scheduled to be played on 11th April.
Each team will play five games, down from the seven in the last edition of the Marsh One-Day Cup in 2019, with the top two teams to advance to the final.
New South Wales had a dismal campaign in the Marsh One-Day Cup in 2019, winning only one of their seven matches to finish bottom of the table.
David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been left out of the 13-man squad to face Victoria. However, New South Wales will look for better results in the Marsh One-Day Cup under the leadership of new captain Pat Cummins.
Meanwhile, Victoria won only three of their seven matches in their last campaign in the 2019 Marsh One-Day Cup.
This time, they will miss the services of their international stars Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell. However, with the likes of explosive batters like Marcus Harris, Peter Handscomb and Sam Harper in their quiver, they will hope for a better campaign in the Marsh One-Day Cup.
With both teams looking to kick off their Marsh One-Day Cup campaigns on a winning note, an enticing game could be in store.
Marsh One-Day Cup: Squads to choose from
New South Wales
Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Gilkes (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon, Harry Conway, Ben Dwarshuis, Liam Hatcher and Oliver Davies.
Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (WK), Nic Maddinson, Peter Handscomb (C), Matthew Short, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Will Sutherland, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Xavier Crone, Zak Evans and Mackenzie Harvey.
Predicted Playing 11s
New South Wales
Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Matthew Gilkes (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon, Ben Dwarshuis, Liam Hatcher, Oliver Davies.
Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (WK), Nic Maddinson, Peter Handscomb (C), Matthew Short, Will Sutherland, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Zak Evans, Mackenzie Harvey.
Match: New South Wales vs Victoria, Match 1.
Date: 15th February 2021, 04:30 AM IST.
Venue: North Sydney Oval, Sydney.
The track at the North Sydney Oval is a decent one to bat on. The pacers are expected to procure some initial swing with the new ball and scalp early wickets. However, it will be an uphill task for the bowlers to pick wickets if batsmen get their eye in. The average first-innings score at this venue is 340 runs.
NSW vs VCT Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Harris, Daniel Hughes, Steven Smith, Matthew Short, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon.
Captain: Steven Smith. Vice-Captain: Marcus Harris.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Sam Harper, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Daniel Hughes, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Ben Dwarshuis.
Captain: Steven Smith. Vice-Captain: Peter Handscomb.