A long and exciting summer of cricket begins in only a matter of weeks in Townsville, with the start of the JLT Cup.
This year’s tournament bears extra significance, with a World Cup on the horizon in 2019 and selection up for grabs in the Australian team.
The 2017 edition was won by an experienced Western Australian outfit, captained by Mitch Marsh.
Teams have been in preparation mode of late, with many embarking on preseason games around the country.
The competition will be played across four cities, including Townsville, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, with the final to be played at the newly revamped Junction Oval in Melbourne on October 10.
General Manager Cricket Operations Brendan Drew said there was a lot to look forward to in the 2018 series.
“The JLT Cup is the pinnacle one-day competition in the country, and one of the most competitive domestic competitions in world cricket,” Drew said.
“The players love representing their state and I am expecting an extremely hard-fought series.
“As some players will be departing for the Australian Test series, several young players should get opportunities throughout the tournament, which is also great for the game.”
The tournament is set to be televised for the first time in several years via new broadcast partner Fox Sports sharing the broadcast with the cricket.com.au livestream.
Drew said that this would be a great opportunity for players to put their names forward prior to the 2019 World Cup.
“Given the nature of the current fixture; the players won’t have another opportunity in domestic one-day cricket to put their name for Australian selection.
“So, this year’s edition of the JLT Cup presents an opportunity for players to highlight their strengths leading into the upcoming summer.
Squads are set to be released in coming days and for the full fixture click here.