Weather to suit SA: Weather­ald

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JESPER FJELDSTAD

REDBACKS opener Jake Weather­ald ex­pects a bowlers’ par­adise as SA faces Queens­land in the trop­i­cal out­post of Cairns from to­day.

The Ter­ri­to­rian, who has been one of the side’s in-form play­ers this sum­mer, pre­dicted the muggy con­di­tions would play a ma­jor role as South Aus­tralia des­per­ately needs a win to be a re­al­is­tic chance to make its third Shield fi­nal in suc­ces­sion.

The con­di­tions are likely to suit dom­i­nant swing bowler Chadd Say­ers, who was re­leased from drinks du­ties at the sec­ond Ashes Test at Ade­laide Oval to fly north.

“It’s prob­a­bly go­ing to swing around a bit,” Weather­ald said.

“The bowlers will be able to make the ball talk a bit more than it does when it’s dryer. If it swings around Chadd will get any swing that’s around and that’s what we need.

“He’s the best bowler in Shield cricket in Aus­tralia.”

The team has had an upand-down start to the sea­son and with one win and two losses feels as though it has its back against the wall.

Weather­ald said the key to set­ting the course straight was to im­prove on con­sis­tency within games – not blend­ing crack­ing days with bat­ting col­lapses.

“We’ve been a lit­tle bit too in­con­sis­tent which has been a bit frus­trat­ing,” Weather­ald said.

“We’ve been re­ally good one day and then poor the next. And we need to win this pretty much to stay in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

For all of that, the con­fi­dence gained from the good days meant there had been no drop in morale.

The Redbacks are con­vinced that if they play at their best there is still a chance to sal­vage the sea­son and fan hopes for another tilt at the Shield.

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