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Pat Cummins will be back in four-day action this week © Getty Images


Pat Cummins and Alex Carey will return to Sheffield Shield cricket for the first time in more than a year after being named in the New South Wales and South Australia squads.

Cummins, who captained New South Wales in the Marsh Cup last week, is a swap for Josh Hazlewood who has been rested after the match against Victoria at the SCG where the home side suffered a four-wicket defeat.

“We mapped out a plan for Josh and with quick games back to back we have given him this game off but he will play our third game in this stretch of matches,” New South Wales coach Phil Jaques said.

“It’s a busy season and we have to manage all of our players, especially the quick bowlers so we have them all firing towards the back end of the season.”

The return game against Victoria which had been due to be played at the MCG was switched to Bankstown Oval in Sydney because of border restrictions out of Melbourne.

Cummins’ previous Shield outing came in November 2019 when he faced Western Australia and Carey last turned out for South Australia in the December of the same year. Both players were at the IPL when the first part of the first-class season took place earlier this summer. For Cummins it will be just his sixth first-class match for New South Wales since the start of 2017 season.

South Australia, who are bottom of the table, have left out five players who were part of their previous squad in November along with Callum Ferguson who has retired from first-class cricket. However, Ferguson has been included in the Marsh Cup squad to face Western Australia.

Legspinner Lloyd Pope, who took a five-wicket haul in his first innings of the season before finishing with an average of 86.25 from four matches, has been dropped from the Shield squad and left out for the one-dayer.

The uncapped legspinner Peter Hatzoglou, a breakout star in the BBL for the Melbourne Renegades, has been included in the Redbacks’ one-day squad.

Jake Weatherald, who left the Shield hub earlier in the season to manage his mental health, has not been included in the four-day side and will instead captain a 2nd XI match in Adelaide but will travel to Perth for the Marsh Cup game.

New South Wales Shield squad Peter Nevill (capt), Sean Abbott, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Nathan Lyon, Kurtis Patterson, Steven Smith, Daniel Solway, Mitchell Starc

South Australia Shield squad Travis Head (capt), Alex Carey, Wes Agar, Will Bosisto, David Grant, Henry Hunt, Corey Kelly, Jake Lehmann, Harry Nielsen, Chadd Sayers, Liam Scott, Daniel Worrall

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