The NSW Blues will meet Western Australia in their first match of the Marsh Sheffield Shield, following Cricket Australia’s announcement on Monday of an adjusted fixture for round two.

The Blues were scheduled to meet Victoria to open their Shield defence, however after consultation with sports science and biosecurity experts, it has been decided that Victoria will now have a bye in round two along with Queensland.

New South Wales will take on Western Australia at Park 25, in Adelaide, from 19-22 October.

The changes ensure a fairer preparation for First Class cricket for all teams.

The delayed round one match between New South Wales and Victoria, originally scheduled for November 17-20, has also been postponed until after the KFC Big Bash League season to allow players adequate time to prepare for that competition.

Drew Ginn, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, High Performance, said the adjusted Marsh Sheffield Shield round two fixture has been designed to increase competitive balance among all teams.

“(The amended fixture) considers the health and safety of all participating players. We look forward to both matches getting under way next Monday, October 19,” said Ginn.

The Sheffield Shield fixture for round two is as follows:

Round 2

October 19-22: South Australia v Tasmania, Karen Rolton Oval

October 19-22: Western Australia v New South Wales, Park 25

Byes: Queensland, Victoria

The first four rounds of the Marsh Sheffield Shield will be live streamed on and, for the first time, on Kayo.

NSW Blues Marsh Sheffield Shield squad:

Peter Nevill (c)

Daniel Hughes

Nick Larkin

Kurtis Patterson

Moises Henriques

Daniel Solway

Jason Sangha

Matthew Gilkes

Sean Abbott

Trent Copeland

Mitchell Starc

Chris Tremain

Nathan Lyon

Liam Hatcher

Harry Conway

Jack Edwards

Tanveer Sangha