Many international and big Australian cricketers are participating in the domestic cricket of Australia. But Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are given rest for few weeks to manage their workload. While Test Captain Tim Paine is fit to play in the Sheffield Shield starting from 10th October.
They both will play the first match in the Marsh Cup on October 23 after which Pat Cummins will focus on the T20Is against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Whereas Hazlewood will return to the Sheffield Shield against South Australia on November 1.
Cummins who played all the five-Test match in Ashes 2019 is being given rest for 2-3 more weeks. He played a crucial role in the series as he was the highest wicket-taker in the Ashes 2019.
Nathan Lyon will also be part of Sheffield Shield. He will play for New South Wales but will miss the opening match against Queensland at the Gabba and will be available for the second match against Tasmania at the SCG in two weeks.
David Warner and Steve Smith are also participating in first-class cricket after a long time as they last played in January 2018. Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne will be in the team of Queensland opposite to Warner and Smith.
For Mitchell Starc, domestic cricket will be crucial, he will be full in action for the Sheffield. He got only one time the opportunity in the Ashes and will try to build the place in the team.
The domestic season is on while Sheffield season will start from 10th October whereas Marsh Cup will have final on 26 November.
Australia is set to play T20Is against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The three-match T20I against Sri Lanka will start from 27th October. Pakistan will play three-match T20I and two Test matches in Australia.
Sheffield Shield opening round matches
Queensland v New South Wales, Gabba
Victoria v South Australia, Junction Oval
Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA