Sheffield Shield 2012-13 September 27, 2012

Nathan Lyon to captain South Australia

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Australia's Test offspinner Nathan Lyon will captain South Australia in their opening Sheffield Shield match of the season in the absence of the new skipper Johan Botha. Lyon and the state's new opener Phillip Hughes have been named as joint vice-captains for the coming season under Botha, who will miss the first match as he is in Sri Lanka as part of South Africa's squad for the World Twenty20.

South Australia take on Queensland at the Gabba in a match starting on Monday, and it will not only be an opportunity for Lyon to test his leadership but also for Hughes to make his mark in his first game as a Redbacks player having switched from New South Wales. The uncapped allrounder Sam Miller is expected to make his debut and the fast bowler Daniel Worrall has also been named and could debut.

They were chosen in the squad ahead of the better-known duo of Kane Richardson and Peter George, who are both fit but had their pre-season form deemed inferior to that of Miller and Worrall.

"Miller has been a really interesting one because he wasn't in our original state squad, he was in the emerging Redbacks squad," South Australia's coach Darren Berry said. "When we were up in Darwin, Miller was playing the off-season up there so myself and Jeff Vaughan went and watched him play and we were so impressed with what we saw, we invited him to join us for what was the last month of preparation.

"We took him to Brisbane [for pre-season matches] and he was the standout player against quality opposition. It's a great story. He's jumped ahead of a lot of people and that's what we're about; we will reward performance and people doing the right things. Worrall is a nippy fast-bowler with a bit of an old fashioned, angled approach to the wicket. He's a very aggressive type of player. Throughout the pre-season he's been a standout bowler in the group."

South Australia are aiming to turn their four-day form around after a miserable 2011-12 season, in which they didn't win a Sheffield Shield match and finished on the bottom of the table. They won't find it easy against the reigning champions Queensland, who have named Usman Khawaja and Nathan Hauritz in their 12-man squad after the pair moved from New South Wales in the off-season.

There was no room for the emerging batsman Chris Lynn, who impressed during his first couple of seasons with Queensland but had a disappointing summer in 2011-12 and averaged 19.69 from eight Sheffield Shield appearances. Also gone from the 12 that defeated Tasmania in the Shield final are the fast bowlers Ryan Harris (shoulder injury) and Steve Magoffin (moved to England) and the batsman Alex Kemp.

Queensland squad Wade Townsend, Andrew Robinson, Usman Khawaja, Peter Forrest, Joe Burns, James Hopes (capt), Chris Hartley (wk), Nathan Hauritz, Ben Cutting, Cameron Boyce, Luke Feldman, Alister McDermott.

South Australia squad Phillip Hughes, Michael Klinger, Callum Ferguson, Travis Head, Tom Cooper, Sam Miller, Tim Ludeman (wk), Joe Mennie, Chadd Sayers, Nathan Lyon (capt), Daniel Worrall, Gary Putland.

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  • Andrew on September 28, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (September 28 2012, 08:14 AM GMT) - so inform us, how is Klinger not a part of the "team structure"? (Should be fascinating) Poor bloke better find a new state to play for, he must be unloved!

  • Roo on September 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Can't wait for the 1st game at the Gabba, with both teams having a few new players in their sides... Looks like cool weather & a few showers coming up (unseasonal) after being up in the Gulf for over a month where it is in the high 30's C atm & very limited internet access most of the time... We all came home with our limit of saltwater barra - simply superb eating, even after a month of living off them...

  • Roo on September 28, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @Andrew Balding... Re: Lynn - it was always going to be tough to pick an 11 out of 20 good players + the 5 rookies... Made similar comms a few mths ago... Even Pomersbach isn't in the 12 - with a FC aver @40.6 & s.r. @67 & a handy bowler... No slouch in anyones terms & can't make the side... Lynn will need to pick up his game after last season - but at 22 y.o. he has time on his side...

  • Roo on September 28, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    @HatsforBats... Agree on Lyon... He is the Redbacks VC along with Hughes & is the obvious choice as 1st replacement for Johan Botha... Anyone wanting Klinger obviously doesn't understand team structures or that bringing back last years (dropped) captain for 1 game is counter-productive to team unity... Klinger did a good job for SA & brought them some silverware last season, but the team has moved on... Botha will add great international experience for both his VC's & team mates from the Saafa set up over the last 7 years & his keenness to transfer that knowledge to the Redbacks will be invaluable...

  • Andrew on September 28, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    @Andrew Balding - yeah he had a horrendous year last year. It promised to be huge, he was supposed to play for Aus A in Zimbabwe & from there on plummetted. Still - at his age, he has plenty of time to turn it all around.

  • Rakesh on September 27, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    ridiculous decision to drop George and Richardson, there replacement must have something special otherwise

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Chris Lynn Dropped! :(. I know he had a bad season, but still... I thought he had SO much potential...

  • Andrew on September 27, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @HatsforBats/Ben1989/S Sandars/Jono M - I s'pose for one game it shouldn't matter. It could work for thinking about field settings, but I would imagine he would learn more from talks with Ashley mallet & Darren Berry. Often players tend to neglect themselves when captain. Captains (except poor old Vettori or that Banga "allrounder" Mashud) seem to under bowl themselves. Bit different example of it not really working, is Cameron White, in some ways it was the worst decsion Victoria ever made, he was a good captain, but his batting & bowling talent has POSSIBLY/PROBABLY suffered because of it. Can't understand why Klinger couldn't of done it for a game, unless he is a useless leader? == == == @Ben1989 - I was GOING to say that George had a great year last year, but looking at the stats I was surprised to see Mennie & Putland outperformed him. @HatsforBats on (September 27 2012, 04:03 AM GMT) - better sign your daughter up to your local club this season! LOL!

  • Gav on September 27, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    i agree with scott sanders. Callum would be a more realistic choice. Interesting to see what teams do with spinners this season. will they follow tasmanias approach with? teams like SA and Queensland could easily

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Good on him I say. Very interesting that Lynn isn't getting a game, looks like there is going to be strong competition for places in Queensland this year. I wonder if Hauritz and Boyce will both play together with Hopes playing the third seamer? @ Meety, i'm not so sure, for one game it can't hurt and you can learn an awful lot looking at the game from the perspective of being captain.

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