Sheffield Shield 2020-21 – Kurtis Patterson urges youngsters to embrace chance to revive New South Wales


The team had an ‘honest’ debrief after being skittled for 32 but a spot in the Shield final remains in their hands

New South Wales are determined to have left their 32 all out in Tasmania. The defending Sheffield Shield champions were bundled out for their lowest first-class score in the previous round to leave them in a three-way race to reach the final later this month.

However, at the start of the final round which begins on Saturday things are still in their own hands when they face Queensland in Wollongong. The visitors were denied the chance to put some daylight between them when their previous game against South Australia in Brisbane was abandoned without a ball bowled.

“We were certainly quite honest with each other after the match which I thought was fantastic,” Kurtis Patterson, who will captain New South Wales in place of Peter Nevill, said. “I’ve been in some dressing rooms before where you probably don’t quite address those sorts of innings and you try and move on a little too quickly.

“I thought the way Phil Jaques and Pete Nevill handled it post-game was really professional and really honest from the playing group. Once we got on that flight back from Hobart we know there was a big job to do so there hasn’t been any more reflection on it.