The first week of the one-day competition has delivered some fascinating matches.
Queensland isn’t missing Chris Lynn
Queensland won one match in last’s year one-day competition. This performance was despite Chris Lynn scoring 452 runs, the tournament’s highest, at 75.33. This year, Lynn is missing the tournament for T20 commitments. Lynn’s absence has not been detrimental to Queensland as they have won both their matches and comfortably so.
At the top of the order, both Sam Heazlett and Max Bryant have unsettled bowlers with their aggression. Neither player is willing to die wondering and play accordingly. They play and miss but also send the ball to all parts. Heazlett scored 380 runs last year and has already scored two fifties. Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns have been the next three in and compliment the openers. Comfortably scoring at about a run a ball, the threesome has given the innings stability.
It is worth noting that Usman Khawaja, Queensland’s captain, is still to play and should feature next week. It would be a surprise if Queensland were not in the running to finish in the top two and contest the final.
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Australia have good young players coming through
Australia’s domestic one-day competition has always been a place for players to put their hands up and get noticed. This year’s Marsh One-Day Cup is no exception. Players such as WA’s Josh Philippe, Queensland’s Sam Heazlett and Max Bryant and NSW’s Jack Edwards have been mentioned previously.
Other players featured in the first week could well contest for international representative honours at some point. For example, Tasmania’s Riley Meredith is on the radar. Shane Warne is known to be a great fan of the Tassie quick and he has a hint of Brett Lee about him. Teenage leggie Lloyd Pope, from South Australia, made his debut against Tasmania and will wear a Baggy Green at some point. Victoria’s Will
Sutherland is another teenager who is on a career path towards the Australian team.
There are no guarantees, or timescales, on any of these players but it is encouraging that the future looks bright for Australia.
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