In India, the winner of the Ranji Trophy plays a Rest of India XI in a five-dayer. If that idea was implemented in Australia as a permanent one-off five-dayer before the Sheffield Shield, how would that look?
As Queensland are the current champions of the Sheffield Shield, I have come up with teams for a Queensland-Rest of Australia XI clash.
Usman Khawaja (captain), Bryce Street, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wicketkeeper), Jack Wildermuth, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett.
Opening the batting, I have chosen Usman Khawaja and Bryce Street. Khawaja seems the most comfortable as an opener in all formats of the game. He gets the freedom to set the tempo and some of his best innings of all time have come opening the batting.
Bryce Street is someone I see playing for Australia in the future, although he…