New South Wales captain Kurtis Patterson dropped out of the Shield team

New South Wales have made the bold decision to drop their captain and two-Test batsman Kurtis Patterson from their Sheffield Shield squad for the final game of the season against South Australia as the Blues try to avoid a winless season.

Since starting the Shield season with scores of 72 not out, 3, 40, 25 and 122 not out, Patterson has scored just 155 runs at an average of 14.09 in his last 11 innings with a half century. Eight of those scores were single digits, including 1 and 9 in NSW’s final Shield loss to Victoria at Albury.

“Our batting group has been inconsistent lately in delivering the runs needed to determine the game positions we’ve been looking for,” said Shipperd.

“We recognize that it is a difficult decision to pass on your captain, but we are confident that Kurtis will bounce back and take purpose from this call-up for the future.

“It was decided to support consistent and informed hitters in the final game of this season using the currency.”

Moises Henriques will captain the game against South Australia at Karen Rolton Oval.

The Blues seem ready to make five changes. Blake Nikitaris has also been dropped while Trent Copeland has retired. Daniel Hughes has a calf injury and Liam Hatcher is out with a foot problem.

Jason Sangha, Ryan Hackney, Ryan Hadley and Ben Dwarshuis are included in the squad, while last week’s 12th man, Blake MacDonald, lines up to make his Shield debut.

Shipperd emphasized that the roster changes were based on performance at the lower levels.

“Ryan Hackney was previously on the Blues team and is averaging over 65 in Second Xl this season,” said Shipperd.

“Blake MacDonald was in our side for the last game, although he didn’t play. He’s had a phenomenal summer, scoring consecutive Second Xl centuries for ACT/NSW Country and 177 not out against the touring West Indies side This week scored in the game between NSW Metro and NSW/ACT Country in the 1990s twice.

“He was given feedback earlier in the season and was asked to score more points and he more than did. Those two guys demanded full selection.

Similarly, Jason Sangha was left out of our last match and went off and scored a lot of points in this week’s Second Xl match.

“Ryan Hadley is another who has put form on the board with an extremely dominant Premier Cricket season.”

NSW Shield squad against South Australia: Ollie Davies, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Ryan Hackney, Ryan Hadley, Moises Henriques (c), Hayden Kerr, Blake MacDonald, Jason Sangha, Chris Tremain

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