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Full strength Roos to test Bulldogs

Saturday, 5th December, 2015

Arlen Bird bolstered the Roos line-up last week. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Arlen Bird bolstered the Roos line-up last week. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Square Leg

Since the completion of the Super 8s competition at the start of the season South has struggled to field a settled combination, however, today they get their best opportunity to test their true capability at the Jubilee Oval against a North side that is still missing “lynchpin” Codie Howard.

The return of Tyson Boland and Laurence Hebbard to the bowling attack for their first game of the season proper gives the Roos much more penetration with the new ball while the return of Rhys Pavlich also gives them a genuine spin option, something that has been lacking in recent weeks on batting friendly decks.

With Hall, Pavlich, Grant and Boland all returning to the South line up and, after an excellent return to local cricket by Arlen Bird last week, the South batting line up now takes on the appearance of a line up capable of making a score of 200 plus.

A target of 150 runs or over looks beyond the means of a North batting line-up that sorely misses the presence of Codie Howard.

Despite being away for the last three games Howard still leads the North batting aggregate by a fair margin, so it emphasises the importance that they place on his batting.

Tobias Hack is due for a big score and the Bulldogs will be hoping today is that day.

Vella and Harvey must also provide useful contributions for the Bulldogs to reach triple digits.

Jordan Vella has been has been the best North bowler this season and he again looks likely to be a major contributor against South.

The Roos are susceptible against spin and Vella’s good control can put the South bats under pressure if he is allowed to dictate terms.

I think South can win their first 40 over game for some four or five seasons today.

Today they look to have the necessary depth in batting and variety in bowling to fully expose a North side that is struggling for runs at the moment.

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