Pacer Put Cummins and wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey will mark their return in their Sheffield Sheild cricket after being named in the New South Wales and South Australia squads, respectively. Both the players missed out in the first half of the first-class season because of their IPL commitments.
Pat Cummins last played a Sheffield Sheild match in November 2019. He will be playing his only sixth match since the start of the 2017 season. Pat Cummins earlier captained the New South Wales side in the Marsh Cup last week. He will replace Josh Hazlewood in the line-up for the side’s next game.
“We mapped out a plan for Josh and with quick games back to back we have given him this game off but he will play our third game in this stretch of matches,” New South Wales coach Phil Jaques said.
“It’s a busy season and we have to manage all of our players, especially the quick bowlers so we have them all firing towards the back end of the season.”
Alex Carey, on the other hand, will join the South Australia squad. He last appeared in a shield game in November 2019. In his first-class career so far, he has played 36 matches, scoring 1924 runs at an average of 33.8.
New South Wales Shield squad: Peter Nevill (capt), Sean Abbott, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Nathan Lyon, Kurtis Patterson, Steven Smith, Daniel Solway, Mitchell Starc
South Australia Shield squad: Travis Head (capt), Alex Carey, Wes Agar, Will Bosisto, David Grant, Henry Hunt, Corey Kelly, Jake Lehmann, Harry Nielsen, Chadd Sayers, Liam Scott, Daniel Worrall