The Sixers Nic Maddinson and Captain Moises Henriques have been selected in the NSW Blues squad to face Tasmania in their Sheffield Shield match starting in Wollongong on Saturday.
Henriques returns to the team having played three T20 matches for Australia in the 11 days since NSW’s last Shield match against Queensland.
Blues’ head coach Trent Johnston is welcoming the inclusion of both players as NSW continues to push for a spot in the Sheffield Shield Final with three matches remaining in the regular season.
“I spoke to Maddo in the middle of last week before the Futures League game and he was in a good place,” said Johnston.
“I’m happy that he’s back in the right frame of mind to be playing First Class cricket, he’s an outstanding talent and we’ve seen that time and time again.
“He’s come back into the Shield squad and from there it will depend on how we set the team up and whether we stick with six batters or go with the extra batter and go in a quick light.
“That’ll be a decision that the coaching staff and Moises will make on the morning of the game.”
“Moises has been in great nick in the T20s and done very well and I’ve been pleased to see him get through that tournament batting, bowling and fielding.
“He’ll be tired from the travel and the matches but it will be good to get him back leading this group for another Shield game.”
Henriques and Maddinson will be joined by fellow BBL|06 Sixers Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Harry Conway, Daniel Hughes, and Will Somerville, as well as Sixers Academy Captain Nick Larkin.
The match at North Dalton Park continues Cricket NSW’s commitment to taking elite cricket to regional areas following successful matches in Wagga Wagga, Newcastle and Coffs Harbour over the past two seasons.
Entry to the Sheffield Shield match is by gold coin donation, with proceeds going to support local cricket development.