Derbyshire name a strong batting lineup for their 50-over Tour Match against Australia A at The Pattonair County Ground on Sunday 23 June; 11am start.
Captain Billy Godleman is likely to open the batting, with Wayne Madsen, Tom Lace and Alex Hughes completing the top-order.
Leus du Plooy and Harvey Hosein could both continue in the middle-order after top-scoring against Lancashire in the first and second innings respectively, while Matt Critchley could provide lower-order power.
With most of Derbyshire’s front-line bowlers rested for the visit of Australia A, Fynn Hudson-Prentice will hope to make his Derbyshire debut, with Mark Watt, Anuj Dal, James Taylor returning to the 12-man squad.
Quick bowler, Sam Conners, misses out after incurring a minor finger injury in training.
1. Billy Godleman
27. Tom Lace
77. Wayne Madsen
76. Leus du Plooy
18. Alex Hughes
20. Matt Critchley
33. Fynn Hudson-Prentice
16. Harvey Hosein
65. Anuj Dal
51. Mark Watt
32. James Taylor
Australia A will bring a strong Touring side to The Pattonair County Ground for the limited overs encounter.
Travis Head will captain a side containing a host of experienced players, who have featured in all three international formats.
Test regular, Josh Hazlewood will spearhead a bowling attack featuring Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson and Sean Abbott.
Matthew Wade has made more than 100 appearances for Australia across all three formats, and he is joined in the batting lineup by fellow wicketkeeper-batsmas Peter Handscomb in the squad.
Australia A squad: Travis Head (c), Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Mitch Marsh, D’Arcy Short, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott
Dave Houghton believes that Derbyshire’s batsmen should see the 50-over Tour Fixture against Australia A on Sunday as a chance to get back among the runs.
With the first-choice bowlers set to be rested for the match, Derbyshire’s younger bowlers are set to face the touring side, alongside first team regulars such as Billy Godleman and Wayne Madsen.
Houghton says that the game is a good opportunity for the batsmen to test themselves against international bowlers, while he is also pleased to be able to assess what Derbyshire’s youngsters can do with the ball.
“The Australia A match is a big game for us, and everybody wants to play in it and I am having to ask the main seam bowlers to take a rest,” said Houghton.
“They don’t want to do that but it is great for me, as it gives us an opportunity to play our younger bowlers. All of our top batsmen will be playing.
“This is practice for us, we have had two innings where we haven’t scored many runs, would you rather be in the nets? Or would you rather play in a white-ball game against Australia A? Everybody is playing, barring the bowlers.”
Derbyshire is pleased to continue its partnership with Stream AMG and Purpose Media to provide a free live streaming service for 2019, which will offer live ball-by-ball footage with a live score overlay graphic.
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