Credit: NSW Cricket
NSW Blues name JLT Sheffield Shield squad
The New South Wales Blues have named a 12-man squad for their round six JLT Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at the SCG.
The Blues will be chasing their third consecutive win in the Sheffield Shield when they take the field on Friday.
NSW defeated Western Australia by 104 runs in its last match at Perth Stadium. Its previous victory came against Queensland at Manuka Oval.
There are two changes to the 13-man squad that travelled to Perth.
Leg-spinner Daniel Fallins replaces Nathan Lyon, who is unavailable due to his selection in the Australian Test team for the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval, starting on Thursday.
Trent Copeland has been released from his playing commitments to begin his role with the Seven Network as a bowling analyst for the upcoming Test series against India.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said the organisation fully supported Copeland in his decision to stand down from the Blues squad.
“He approached us during the preseason and we believe this is a wonderful opportunity for Trent,” Jones said.
“At Cricket NSW, we look after our players on and off the field and are happy to support him in this exciting endeavour.”
The squad also includes potential debutant, left-arm quick Greg West, who travelled with the Blues to Perth last week.
West has claimed 12 wickets at an average of 25.08 for ACT/NSW Country in the Toyota Futures League this season.
Fallins has played one Sheffield Shield match for the Blues so far this season against Victoria in round two.
Last week he played for the Cricket Australia XI in a tour match against the touring Indians at the SCG. He claimed a wicket in each innings and made 43 with the bat.
Fallins has been in terrific form for his club side, Sutherland, in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket. The leg-spinner has collected 28 wickets at 17.3 across all formats including three five-wicket hauls.
The NSW victory over Western Australia was the first for the Blues in Perth for six years.
It was the inaugural First Class match at Perth Stadium, where Kurtis Patterson marked the occasion in style, with the maiden century at the ground.
Patterson scored 107 not out from 221 balls in the first innings. It was his first century in over two years at First Class level.
NSW currently sits in second on the Sheffield Shield ladder a little more eight points behind Victoria.
NSW Blues squad
Peter NEVILL (Captain)
12th man to be named at the toss