Jason Sangha is among eight New South Wales Blues selected in a 12-man squad for NSW Metropolitan to start the Toyota Second XI competition on Monday against Western Australia at Blacktown International Sportspark No. 2.
Batsman Jordan Gauci is a late call-up to the squad, for the four-day fixture, after Metro captain Nick Larkin was called into the Blues Marsh One-Day Cup squad to replace the injured Kurtis Patterson.
Patterson has been ruled out of both Marsh Cup matches against Western Australia at Drummoyne Oval this week due to a quad injury. Ryan Gibson will captain NSW Metro in Larkin's absence.
Gauci was a contracted Blues player over the last two seasons.
The Toyota Second XI previously known as the Toyota Futures League, signals the start of the Marsh Sheffield Shield on October 10, when the Blues play Queensland at the Gabba.
Sangha, in his first season as a full-time member of the squad, played all eleven matches for the Blues throughout the Shield last season, including the Final won by Victoria.
With Sangha and Gibson, the other contracted Blues chosen for Metro are 19-year-old wicketkeeper-batter Baxter Holt, batsman Ryan Hackney, allrounder Param Uppal, and fast bowlers Liam Hatcher, Greg West and Ryan Hadley.
Gauci, who is Blacktown captain in NSW Premier Cricket, joins three other players selected from outside the Blues squad. Sydney Sixers off-spinner Ben Manenti, right-handed opener Daniel Solway and seamer Harmon Sandhu, brother of former Blues quick Gurinder, have all been chosen for Metro.
All 12 were involved in the opening round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
Alongside fellow teenager Jack Edwards, Sangha made headlines with his maiden Shield century last season.
At the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground, he scored 117 against Tasmania, combining with Edwards for a 180-run sixth wicket partnership, who also posted his maiden First Class hundred.
The pair became the third teenage duo to score centuries in the same Sheffield Shield match.
The previous summer Sangha became the youngest batsman to score a First Class century against England since the great Sachin Tendulkar. At 18, he made 133 for a Cricket Australia XI during a tour match in Townsville.
Sangha has represented ACT/NSW Country over the past two seasons in the Second XI competition.
He also led Australia to the final of the 2018 Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand won by India. Sangha was joined in that team by Holt, Hadley and Uppal.
Holt last season set a new record for most dismissals by a keeper on First Class debut for NSW with nine catches against Tasmania during the final round of the Shield.
He also equalled the Australian First Class record for a debutant gloveman set by Victorian Sam Harper in 2015/16.
Sangha, Holt and left-arm quick West were among six Shield debutants for the Blues last season.
The NSW Metro side will be seeking to improve on its sixth-place finish in the Second XI during 2018/19. This season, each team plays at least five four-day matches and six T20 games.