NSW selectors have announced 12 players from which the final XI will be named to take on Queensland in the Blues’ second match of the Marsh Sheffield Shield.
The Blues side for the game, that begins at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide on Friday, features seven current and former Australian players.
Pace bowler Mitchell Starc returns to the side after touring England with the Australian One-Day and T20 team in September and is joined by fellow Test star Nathan Lyon.
Joining that duo as Blues teammates who have represented Australia at Test, One-Day or T20 International level are captain Peter Nevill, quicks Sean Abbott and Trent Copeland, Sixers captain Moises Henriques and Kurtis Patterson, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in January 2019.
The Blues drew their first game of their Sheffield Shield title defence against Western Australia last week. They will then face Tasmania in the round of games beginning November 8.
Their opponents Queensland thrashed Tasmania by an innings and 59-runs in their only game of the season so far.
On Thursday, Starc, Henriques and Abbott were all selected in an 18-man Australian squad for the One-Day and T20 series against India in November and December.
Last round, Henriques scored a magnificent 167 against WA, while claimed six wickets and struck 60 not out.
Starc, who has been working hard in the nets during periods of quarantine under Australian Government COVID-19 health requirements, said he was happy with how the ball was coming out of the hand.
“I’m pretty happy with the processes, things that I’ve been working on over the last 18 months that work with both red and white ball. So just drilling that down again.” Starc said.
“Getting back into locking into long spells and trying to work over guys. Pretty happy with how it’s all placed leading into Friday’s Shield game.”
The game can be seen on Foxtel, Kayo and cricket.com.au.
NSW Blues 12-man squad to meet Queensland, October 30 – November 2:
Peter NEVILL (Captain)
MARSH SHEFFIELD SHIELD - Round 3
October 30 – November 2: New South Wales v Queensland, Karen Rolton Oval
October 30 – November 2: Western Australia v Tasmania, Gladys Elphick Park
October 30 – November 2: South Australia v Victoria, ACH Group Stadium
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.