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The Sheffield Shield final is about to get underway from the 26th of March and even though the Australian test team will be playing test cricket in India, a lot of people will be following the culmination of the most prestigious domestic competition in the world.
Victoria will take on South Australia in what is poised to be a cracker of a match. The favorites Victoria beat the same opposition last year and will be looking to become the first Victorian team to win the title for the third year in succession.
South Australia has had a bit of a roller coaster ride into the final but with Tom Copper and Callum Ferguson available to play their first Sheffield Shield final, would be confident of winning this match.
The venue for this match is Traeger Park in Alice Springs, a venue where spin is expected to play a major part in the proceedings. It is no surprise then that both Victoria and South Australia have added an extra spinner into their squad.
Fawad Ahmed has only played one match for Victoria this season but has taken 5 wickets at an average of 11.20 at the same venue. South Australia has added Tom Andrews to partner Adam Zampa, who has taken 27 wickets in the season at an average of 32.88 so far.
The stand out bowler among the two teams has been South Australia’s Chadd Sayers who leads the wickets tally with 54 scalps to his name at an average of 19.20. He would be the favorite to take the most wickets in this match as well, however, we think that backing aggressive leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed might be worth the risk.
Ahmed can go for a lot of runs and bowl some utter rubbish at times but is also capable of bowling the truly unplayable deliveries.
Another bowler to look out for in this match will be James Pattinson who destroyed the Queensland side, taking 5 for 7 in the last match that he played. His extra pace and late swing make him deadly dangerous and our pick to pick the most wickets from the Victorian side in this match.
When it comes to the batting, Victoria has some big names like Aaron Finch, Cameron White and Travis Dean in its side. White will be the captain in place of Mathew Wade, who is away on international duty.
Our pick to score the most runs for Victoria in the final is Aaron Finch who is having an excellent red ball season and has scored 460 runs at 51.11 so far.
For South Australia, Tom Cooper has scored the most runs this season followed by Jake Lehman. Carey and Ferguson have also scored close to 500 runs each to give this South Australia side a formidable batting lineup.
Backing Tom Cooper may be the safe way to go but that is what we would recommend for top run scorer from the South Australian side. Callum Ferguson is also a good option for someone who is a little more adventurous, though.
These are two closely matched teams and even though Victoria is the more favored team here, we think that South Australia is peaking at just the right time.
Back South Australia to win the Sheffield Shield final.
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