Marnus Labuschagne is set to slot swiftly back into domestic action for Queensland after being Australia’s find of the Ashes series, but the majority of the squad who were involved in the physically and emotionally draining series will be rested for the start of the Marsh Cup this weekend.
Labuschagne scored 353 runs at 50.42 after coming into the side as a concussion substitute for Steven Smith at Lord’s and was elevated to No. 3 for the final two Tests. He has been included in the Queensland squad, alongside Michael Neser who was unused during the series, although the pair will be assessed following their journey home and may be held back for the second game against South Australia on Tuesday. Usman Khawaja has been rested following his axing from the side for the last two Tests.
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Queensland’s first match is against New South Wales who will be without all their Ashes players meaning the return of David Warner and Steven Smith to state cricket will wait a little longer. Pat Cummins, who was the only Australia bowler to play all five Tests, is likely to be given an extended break.
The opening game of the domestic season sees Western Australia take on defending champions Victoria at the WACA. Victoria will be without Marcus Harris, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle for the first set of matches.
However, they will have Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb, who have both returned from their county stints with Lancashire and Durham respectively, along with Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch.
WA have named Cameron Bancroft but Mitchell Marsh has been rested after bowling 29.2 overs in the 5th Ashes Test at the Oval last weekend, which was a significant spike in his workload compared to the 24 overs he had bowled across just two matches in the previous six weeks. Ashton Turner will captain WA in Marsh’s absence. Jason Behrendorff is also unavailable due to a back niggle.
Test captain Tim Paine will be absent for Tasmania along with Matthew Wade meaning Jordan Silk will captain.
Travis Head, who was dropped for the final Test at The Oval when Marsh was recalled, has been rested from South Australia‘s opening matches with Jake Lehmann named as captain. They have World Cup players Alex Carey, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa in their ranks.
Victoria Peter Handscomb (capt), Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Andrew Fekete, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Will Pucovski, Matthew Short, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain
New South Wales Sean Abbott, Nick Bertus, Harry Conway, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Matthew Gilkes, Liam Hatcher, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Sams
Queensland Jimmy Peirson (capt), Xavier Bartlett, Joe Burns, Max Bryant, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Matt Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Mark Steketee, Jack Wildermuth
South Australia Jake Lehmann (capt), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Joe Mennie, Harry Nielsen, Lloyd Pope, Luke Robins, Alex Ross, Kane Richardson, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Adam Zampa
Tasmania Jordan Silk (capt), George Bailey, Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Jarrod Freeman, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Alex Pyecroft, Gurinder Sandhu, Beau Webster
Western Australia Ashton Turner (capt), Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Matt Kelly, Shaun Marsh, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye