NSW Bolsters Squad with World Cup Trio and Experienced Recruits

NSW Bolsters Squad with World Cup Trio and Experienced Recruits

New South Wales (NSW) has bolstered its squad for the 2024-25 season with the addition of three promising youngsters from the Under-19 World Cup-winning team: Sam Konstas, Ryan Hicks, and Charlie Anderson. These talented players join experienced recruits Nic Maddinson and Josh Philippe, who bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to the team.

Konstas, a 19-year-old batter, made an impressive debut for NSW last season, scoring a century in the Under-19 World Cup and a half-century in the Shield. He has earned a full contract, while Hicks and Anderson have been awarded rookie deals.

Hicks, a wicketkeeper-batter, showcased his potential with a century in an Under-19 Youth Test against England. He will develop behind established keepers Philippe and Matthew Gilkes. Anderson, a bowler, impressed at the Under-19 World Cup and takes Jack Nisbet’s rookie spot. Nisbet has been upgraded to a full contract after a successful debut Shield season.

NSW chief of cricket performance Greg Mail expressed his delight at adding the trio to the squad. “Sam and Jack confirmed their talent last season and deserve their full contracts,” he said. “Ryan and Charlie have also shown their readiness for professional opportunities.”

The addition of Maddinson and Philippe further strengthens NSW’s squad. Maddinson, a former NSW captain, returns after six seasons with Victoria, while Philippe brings his experience from Western Australia.

“Players of their caliber don’t become available often,” said Mail. “They will enhance our balance and depth.”

Jason Sangha and Baxter Holt have departed the squad, with Sangha likely to join South Australia and Holt heading to Western Australia. Kurtis Patterson remains on the list despite exploring options elsewhere.

The NSW squad for 2024-25 includes:

* Sean Abbott (CA contract)
* Charlie Anderson (rookie)
* Jackson Bird
* Pat Cummins (CA)
* Joel Davies (rookie)
* Oliver Davies
* Ben Dwarshuis
* Jack Edwards
* Matt Gilkes
* Chris Green
* Ryan Hackney
* Ryan Hadley
* Liam Hatcher
* Josh Hazlewood (CA)
* Moises Henriques
* Ryan Hicks (rookie)
* Daniel Hughes
* Hayden Kerr
* Sam Konstas
* Nathan Lyon (CA)
* Nic Maddinson
* Blake Nikitaras
* Jack Nisbet
* Kurtis Patterson
* Josh Philippe
* Will Salzmann (rookie)
* Tanveer Sangha
* Lachlan Shaw (rookie)
* Steve Smith (CA)
* Mitchell Starc (CA)
* Chris Tremain
* Adam Zampa (CA)

Queensland Hold Slender Lead Over NSW in Thrilling Shield Clash

Queensland Hold Slender Lead Over NSW in Thrilling Shield Clash

Queensland and New South Wales are locked in a thrilling battle at Allan Border Field, with the home side holding a slender lead of 115 runs heading into the final day.

NSW resumed play on Wednesday well-placed at 222 for 5, and Ollie Davies took the game by the scruff of the neck to post a deserved century. The 23-year-old thumped 131 off 147 balls, lifting his side to a competitive total of 316.

Queensland’s response got off to a shaky start, as they slumped to 42 for 4 and 118 for 5. However, Jimmy Peirson and Jack Wildermuth combined to help them avoid an innings loss. Peirson, who scored 64 in the first innings, is still unbeaten on 57, while Xavier Bartlett has contributed a valuable 57 not out.

The pair will resume at the crease on Thursday, with captain Peirson still hopeful of pulling off an upset victory. “I’d love another 50 or 60 runs,” Peirson said. “There’s a crack developing at one end for the quicks to hit that, and there’s certainly some divots there to play with as well. So if we can get another 50 or 60 runs – it’s a funny game.”

NSW spinner Tanveer Sangha has been the pick of the bowlers, finishing the day with 4 for 116. The most special of those dismissals was that of Jack Clayton, with Davies snaring a one-handed reflex catch at leg slip.

NSW opener Sam Konstas suffered a potential concussion after hitting his head on the turf while dropping a catch late on day three. Konstas is set to miss the final day, which could be a blow to NSW’s hopes of victory.

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