NSW selectors have confirmed the 12 players from which the final XI will be chosen to take on Western Australia in the Blues first match of the Marsh Sheffield Shield, including six current and former Australian players.
The Blues begin their Shield defence at Gladys Elphick Park, or Park 25, in Adelaide on Monday.
Nathan Lyon returns to the side after touring England with the Australian One-Day and T20 team in September and quarantining in Adelaide upon return. Mitchell Starc will be available for the Blues second match.
Joining Lyon as one of six players in the 12 to have represented Australia at Test, One-Day or T20 International level are captain Peter Nevill, quicks Sean Abbott, Trent Copeland, Sixers captain Moises Henriques and Kurtis Patterson, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in January 2019 and scored his maiden century in the next Test.
The Blues squad left for South Australia last Thursday, in an earlier than expected departure, due to uncertainty surrounding coronavirus restrictions.
The first four rounds of the Marsh Sheffield Shield are being played in Adelaide.
Patterson, who is closing in on 4,000 Sheffield Shield runs, says that the preparation since arriving in Adelaide has been very good.
“The fact that you are able to settle in and train for a few days and kind of get use to the conditions around Karen Rolton Oval and Park 25 is going to put us in good stead I think,” said the 27-year-old.
“The group is really relaxed, we’ve got one more big training session on Saturday and I think once we start playing cricket everyone will relax a little bit more and get into why we’re here.”
Western Australia won their opening round fixture earlier this week against host state South Australia by 205 runs.
NSW Blues 12-man squad to meet WA, 19-22 October:
Peter NEVILL (Captain)
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 www.cricket.com.au and, for the first time, on Kayo.