Sussex vs Australia A, 2019: 1st Unofficial Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Sussex vs Australia A, 2019: 1st Unofficial Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Peter Handscomb left the Australia A to join as the replacement for Shaun Marsh in the World Cup squad.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade of Australia bats. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

After a comfortable 4-0 win in the unofficial ODI series against the English counties, Australia A look forward to the 2-match unofficial Test series starting on Sunday. In the first of the two games, the visiting team will face Sussex in Arundel. Australia A is set to miss Peter Handscomb during the series as the keeper-batsman got included into the Australia World Cup squad as a replacement for Shaun Marsh.

The Luke Wells-led Sussex team did not name a squad for this fixture as strong as they would have wanted. The likes of Chris Jordan, Ollie Robinson, Ben Brown and David Wiese have been rested keeping their workloads in mind. Stiaan van Zyl is currently recovering from elbow injury while Pakistan pacer Mir Hamza gained full fitness and will feature in this match. Hamza missed Sussex’s previous four matches due to a back issue.

Match Details:

The 1st game of the 2-match unofficial Test series will be played between Sussex and Australia A at the Arundel Castle in Arundel.

The match starts at 11:30 AM local time (10:30 AM GMT) (4:00 PM IST).

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Arundel Castle ground has hosted only five first-class matches since the start of 2016. If we look at the scorecards of those games, it gives a look of an, unlike England track. A couple of games give a feeling of being on the slower side and a couple of them witnessing spinners taking wickets in the second innings.

Probable Playing XIs:


Varun Chopra, Philip Salt, Aaron Thomason, Luke Wells (C), Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, Adam Rouse (WK), Will Beer, Abidine Sakande, Adam Barton, Mir Hamza.

Bench – Tom Haines, Harry Finch, Aneesh Kapil.

Australia A:

Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (C), Michael Neser/Chris Tremain, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood.

Bench – Jackson Bird.

Team News:

Peter Handscomb has been released from this squad to join the Australian CWC squad.

Power Picks:

Will Pucovski had psychological issues over the last couple of years but that did not stop him from making it big. Pucovski scored 926 runs in his FC career including a double century. He scored 51 and 137 in the last two matches of the unofficial ODI series and would like to continue the form.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Other Captain/Vice-Captain Options (in order) – Matthew Wade, Laurie Evans, Kurtis Patterson, Laurie Evans.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Adam Rouse

Batters – Marcus Harris, Luke Wells, Will Pucovski (C), Kurtis Patterson, Varun Chopra, Laurie Evans

All-Rounders – Mitch Marsh (VC)

Bowlers – James Pattinson, Mir Hamza, Josh Hazlewood

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Matthew Wade

Batters – Marcus Harris (C), Luke Wells, Kurtis Patterson, Varun Chopra

All-Rounders – Delray Rawlins, Travis Head (VC)

Bowlers – Abidine Sakande, James Pattinson, Mir Hamza, John Holland

Expert Advice:

Australia A has already missed Peter Handscomb due to injury to Shaun Marsh. It seems Usman Khawaja also had a tough injury. If he doesn’t recover in time, another player from this squad could be picked for the mega event; preferably Matthew Wade.

Probable Winners:

Australia A is expected to begin the series with a comfortable win depending on the track provided.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.