When Greg Shipperd arrives at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening, as coach of Sydney Sixers, he will pursuing something he has fiercely fought against since mid 2002: leading a visiting team to defeating a Victorian team.
The last time Shipperd coached against a Victorian team, excluding in Melbourne Big Bash League derbies, was in February 2002, when he was at the helm of Tasmania. Since then he has coached a total of 391 matches.
Shipperd’s lead fast-bowler in that Sheffield Shield game, David Saker, will also be at the venue: as coach of Melbourne Renegades.
The 59-year-old said he was glad to be back coaching at the top level in Australia, having feared that career could have ended when Victoria discarded him in favour of Saker, who remains a close friend, at the end of last season.
“Absolutely, because I passionately thought there was enough cricket information upstairs to still share with others,” he said. “It will be an interesting challenge.”
Shipperd said it was frustrating to have to relinquish Nathan Lyon from the Sixers squad given he will be in Melbourne, with the Test squad. But he backed Steve O’Keefe, Johan Botha and possibly 19-year-old Riley Ayre to handle the spin-bowling duties against the Renegades.
Ayre, a left-arm finger-spinner, has been promoted by the Sixers while Lyon is unavailable. Tournament rules dictate he must be in the 13-man squad for the first match after his promotion. Uncapped paceman Cameron Stevenson, 23, is in the Renegades squad for the same reason, in place of James Pattinson.
The match on Wednesday night is expected to mark the Renegades debut of former Australia off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, in a spin attack led by Xavier Doherty.
The Renegades have won their only match so far in the tournament, away to Brisbane, while the Sixers are 1:1 after smashing Hobart at home on Sunday.
RENEGADES (from): Aaron Finch (c), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Chris Gayle, Nathan Hauritz, Nate Rimmington, Cameron Stevenson, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Guy Walker, Cameron White.
SIXERS (from): Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Riley Ayre, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Jackson Bird, Ryan Carters, Brad Haddin, Trent Lawford, Michael Lumb, Nic Maddinson, Jordan Silk, Steve O’Keefe.
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