Australia’s states have all named their 14-man squads for the the JLT Cup, domestic one-day tournament, which begins in Brisbane next week. The Cricket Australia XI, to be made up of players who failed to win selection in their respective state squads, is yet to be named, but that youth side is scheduled to open the tournament in a match against South Australia next Wednesday.
The Redbacks will be captained by Callum Ferguson in the absence of Travis Head, who is part of Australia’s one-day squad in the ongoing series against India. They may also be without swing bowler Chadd Sayers, who hurt a finger in the weekend while playing, and could be replaced in the squad by fast bowler Spencer Johnson.
New South Wales will be captained by Moises Henriques in their first game against Western Australia in Perth next Friday, before he flies to India to join Australia’s Twenty20 squad. There is a possibility of Mitchell Starc returning late in the tournament as he recovers from a foot injury, while uncapped fast bowler Mickey Edwards, who fielded for Australia in last summer’s Sydney Test, could make his debut.
Victoria will be led by Cameron White, with their new captain Peter Handscomb travelling with the national side in India as part of the one-day team. Fast bowler Wes Agar, has been picked in the squad, having spent the past two seasons with South Australia before returning home to Victoria this year. Like Starc, James Pattinson may enter the tournament in its later stages as he continues to recover from a back problem.
Western Australia will be led by their new captain Mitchell Marsh, with spin-bowling allrounder Ashton Turner as his deputy. George Bailey will captain Tasmania, who have overlooked wicketkeeper Tim Paine, and will also be without Matthew Wade, who has returned home to Tasmania this season but is with Australia in India.
Queensland have selected fast bowler Brendan Doggett, who could become the first indigenous male player to represent the state since fast bowler Michael Mainhardt did so 30 years ago. The tournament will be played in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Hobart, with the elimination final and final both to be held at Bellerive Oval.
New South Wales squad: Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Harry Conway, Ed Cowan, Mickey Edwards, Ryan Gibson, Daniel Hughes, Jay Lenton, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Arjun Nair, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu.
Queensland squad: Usman Khawaja (capt), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Matt Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.
South Australia squad: Callum Ferguson (capt), Tom Andrews, Alex Carey, Tom Cooper, Michael Cormack, Jake Lehmann, Joe Mennie, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers (Spencer Johnson), Kelvin Smith, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Daniel Worrall.
Tasmania squad: George Bailey (capt), Jackson Bird, Cameron Boyce, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben Dunk, Andrew Fekete, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Jordan Silk, Charlie Wakim.
Victoria squad: Cameron White (capt), Wes Agar, Scott Boland, Travis Dean, Seb Gotch, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, John Hastings, Jon Holland, Will Pucovski, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Blake Thomson, Chris Tremain.
Western Australia squad: Mitchell Marsh (capt), Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft, Will Bosisto, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Jhye Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Andrew Tye, Jonathan Wells.
Source: ESPN Crickinfo