The Courier-Mail

Test quicks to boost Blues in Shield final


A DECISION by Test quicks Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood to skip the lucrative Indian Premier League could be rewarded with two trophies in a week.

The pair of fast bowlers were both included in a huge NSW squad for the Sheffield Shield final against Queensland, which starts on Thursday, along with Test spinner

Nathan Lyon and Blues captain Peter Nevill.

The skipper’s place in the side remains up in the air, however, with the looming birth of his child set to take precedence as his team looks to go backto-back in the Shield final at Allan Border Field.

On Sunday, NSW powered its way to victory in the oneday final, some three months after the Sydney Sixers secured a second straight Big

Bash League Twenty20 title.

All three domestic trophies could soon reside in NSW, although the Blues will have to win without Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins and Moises Henriques, who are all in India playing in the T20 tournament.

Starc has chosen not to go to India for several years and will instead lead the NSW bowling attack in Brisbane with Hazlewood, who was set to go to the IPL but pulled out at the last minute.

Queensland skipper Usman Khawaja will be looking for his first major piece of silverware, having missed selection for NSW when the Blues won a title in 2007-08.

He also lost a final in 2011 before opting to shift north in 2012.

The Bulls have regained allrounder Jack Wildermuth from injury.

 ??  ?? NSW quick Mitch Starc.
NSW quick Mitch Starc.

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