After the cancellation of the Bangladesh test series, the upcoming Matador Cup series is shaping up to be filled with star-studded talent as each state side will be near full strength for the first time in a long time for the one day series. For the first time since the Canberra Comets left the state one day competition back in 1999-2000, we have a seven team competition as a Cricket Australia XI joins the fray this season, with the side featuring some of the country’s best upcoming talent.
So this is set to be one of the most exciting domestic cricket competitions Australia has seen in a long time as state teams have taken full advantage of the Test players now available to them, with the states making several selection changes. All the games will be played in Sydney hosted by five suburban venues: Bankstown Oval, North Sydney Oval, Hurstville Oval, Blacktown International Sportspark and Drummoyne Oval.
The finals will be decided after each side has played six matches, the top side will go through to the final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday October 25 and will play the winner out of the 2nd v 3rd elimination final at Drummoyne Oval.
Below is a preview of each side as things heat up for the start of the big series.