Cult hero Edwards named for Shield debut

Mickey Edwards' big summer has hit another level after being named to make his Sheffield Shield debut for New South Wales against Western Australia at the WACA.

The 23-year-old paceman became a cult hero when he appeared as a substitute fielder in Australia's Test against Pakistan at the SCG.

The Manly-Warringah product has since broken into the Blues' one-day cup side, playing four games in the tournament earlier this summer, and he made his Big Bash debut for the Sydney Sixers last month.

A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Edwards' long blond locks and lanky frame stole the show in January 2017 but he was always tagged as a player to watch.

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Mickey Edwards. Pic: Getty

He will have to wait to get his first crack at the red ball, however.

NSW won the toss and elected to bat in the four-day match beginning on Thursday afternoon.

NSW XI: Larkin, Hughes, Patterson, Henriques, Cowan, Nevill (wicketkeeper, captain), Copeland, Sandhu, Stobo, Lyon, Edwards, Maddinson (12th man).