Sheffield Shield 2015-16, final March 22, 2016

McKay added to Victoria squad for Sheffield Shield final

Victoria have added Clint McKay to a 13-man squad for the Sheffield Shield final, in anticipation of a well-grassed pitch for the competition decider against a South Australia combination that has not played in a draw all season.

The Redbacks surged late in the season to claim the top spot on the ladder as the Bushrangers faded, largely through the strong work of the seam bowling trio of Joe Mennie, Chadd Sayers and Daniel Worrall. Their final victory was a two-day romp over Tasmania on a surface that offered some help to the seamers at Glenelg Oval, the same venue where the final will be played, starting on Saturday.

While a stalemate will secure the Shield for SA and Victoria need an outright result, the inclusion of McKay suggests the Bushrangers are half expecting the kind of pitch that will encourage seamers, after they used the twin spin of Fawad Ahmed and Jon Holland in Alice Springs against New South Wales.

"Clint McKay comes in as it is important to cover all options until we have a look at the wicket," Andrew Lynch, the chairman of selectors, said. "It was nice to get a tough, hard game under our belts last week and the boys have freshened this week and will be ready to go.

"It was great to see Cam White and Marcus Stoinis in the runs, so, hopefully, the rest of our batters can follow their lead as we are confident we have the bowlers to claim 20 wickets."

The Bushrangers and Redbacks have traded outright results this season, SA victorious at the MCG while the Victorians prevailed at the Adelaide Oval. They were also successful in their one previous visit to Glenelg last season.

SA's squad for their first Shield final in 20 years in unchanged from the group that overpowered Tasmania in the last round to leap into a home decider.

South Australia squad: Travis Head (capt), Thomas Andrews, Alex Carey (wk), Mark Cosgrove, Jake Lehmann, Joe Mennie, Elliot Opie, Sam Raphael, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall

Victoria squad: Matthew Wade (capt, wk), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Dan Christian, Travis Dean, Peter Handscomb, Ian Holland, Jon Holland, Clint McKay, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain, Cameron White

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • ThreePIllarTales on March 23, 2016, 14:16 GMT

    go bushies ! if it seams, redbacks will probably get home....sigh

  • redneck on March 23, 2016, 3:27 GMT

    @REDBAC well said, perfectly summed up saca over the last 20 years!!! this should be a beauty of a match with all the talk about the pitch having life instead of the boring shield final pitches that have been rolled out for the last decade! Go you redbacks!!!

  • dunger.bob on March 22, 2016, 23:06 GMT

    I'd like to see the Redbacks win it. They've been the whipping boys of the shield for so long now it's time for a change. Mennie and Worral have been excellent this year and I believe that sometime in the next couple of years Travis Head is going to break out and become a valuable member of the Aussie team in at least one of the formats. I honestly believe he's that good.

  • Peter_The_Average on March 22, 2016, 12:13 GMT

    Vics turning to experience for the back end of the season, with good reason. I would not expect a lot of grass though, the same boring draw as usual is likely to be served up.

  • Mervo on March 22, 2016, 8:16 GMT

    Good bowler and like Hastings will never let you down.

  •   Stephen Scott on March 22, 2016, 7:07 GMT

    The Bushrangers haven't batted well as a team since the start of the new year, so I expect the Redback's bowling trio to run havoc. Although, the Redbacks inexperienced batting might be their downfall. Go Vics!

  • Redbac on March 22, 2016, 6:24 GMT

    Come on you Redbacks. I was there for the five day final twenty years ago at the old Adelaide Oval, under the red roof of the George Giffen Stand. I saw most of Gilchrist's massive century. I remember predicting loudly that Boof and Dizzy would go on to the Australian team. I sat on my hands as McIntyre and George blocked 59 balls to protect the tenth wicket against Hogg and Julien. I remember a West Australian supporter crying in the Advertiser letters page that WA was the better team and that no one should be awarded the Shield, as SA shut down shop and refused to concede defeat. It has been dire for SA cricket fans ever since then, our efforts seemingly cursed by complacent old-school-tie poor SACA governance, inadequate level of competition and focus in Grade cricket and incompetent selection procedures. At last some good decisions have been made and we have a decent team, an adventurous young skipper who will surely play for Australia, great seamers and Son-of-Boof. It's an omen.

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