New South Wales make batting changes after 32 all out, Kurtis Patterson stands in as captain


Peter Nevill is unavailable due to the birth of his second child while Lachlan Hearne could debut

Kurtis Patterson will captain New South Wales against Queensland in their bid to secure a place in the Sheffield Shield final with Peter Nevill unavailable due the birth of his second child.

Patterson will lead a side containing plenty of youth with wicketkeepers Matthew Gilkes and Baxter Holt both included while 20-year-old batsman Lachlan Hearne, who was part of the Australia Under-19 squad at last year’s World Cup, could make a debut as New South Wales shake up the batting order which was dismantled for 32 against Tasmania.

A victory for either side in Wollongong would secure a home final but a draw could yet open the door for Western Australia to host the decider. A loss will leave them needing Western Australia not to win against Tasmania in Perth to cling onto a place in the final.

“It’s a great opportunity for Kurtis to lead a young group of players,” Michael Klinger, New South Wales’ head of male cricket, said. “He is a highly respected member of the squad and we are looking forward to him taking on the challenge.

“Lachie has earned his place in the Blues squad with a string of very good performances. This is a great opportunity for a player who has come through the NSW pathway and performed well in both Premier Cricket and 2nd XI cricket.”