NSW have named a new-look Blues squad for the Marsh Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria that begins at the SCG on Friday.
Uncontracted all-rounder Hayden Kerr is in line to make his Blues debut and would be presented with cap #757, whilst both speedster Chris Tremain and spinner Arjun Nair have been recalled to the 12-player squad. Tremain debuted for the Blues as a 20-year-old in 2012, while Nair first played Shield for the Blues in 2016, aged just 17.
Kurtis Patterson again leads the team, while Moises Henriques is back for his first Shield match of the season following IPL and quarantine commitments.
Former skipper Peter Nevill will play his 100th Sheffield Shield match for the Blues, becoming just the fourth player to achieve the feat.
Sean Abbott and Nathan Lyon were not considered for selection as they prepare for the international season ahead, while Trent Copeland and Liam Hatcher are both injured.
Veteran seamer Copeland is continuing to manage a calf strain suffered in the first session of NSW’s last start loss to Victoria, while Hatcher has a back complaint.
Following the Sheffield Shield fixture, the Blues and the Victorians will clash in a Marsh One-Day Cup match at the SCG on Wednesday November 24. A separate NSW squad for that clash will be named in due course.
NSW Blues Sheffield Shield Squad (vs Victoria, November 19-22)
Kurtis PATTERSON (Captain)