Debutants to fill WA gaps
CRICKET: Western Australia could field as many as five debutants as the hardest-hit Sheffield Shield side continues to plug the leaks caused by international absentees.
Eight Warriors are on Australian T20 or Test duty, meaning uncapped batsmen Jake Carder and Josh Philippe, allrounder Clint Hinchliffe, and bowlers Matthew Hanna and Liam Guthrie are in the squad to visit Tasmania for the match starting today.
Stand-in skipper Ashton Turner isn’t concerned.
“The really pleasing thing for us in Western Australian cricket is that when we have lost guys to international call-ups we are able to cover their places easily,” he said.
Stand-in skipper Jimmy Peirson (pictured) will hope his unbeaten run as Queensland captain continues at the MCG, despite giving away 153 first class games of experience to Bushrangers counterpart Cameron White.
Queensland, which won without Test No.3 Usman Khawaja (thumb) and Joe Burns (groin) last week, are unchanged for the MCG clash while Will Pucovski and Fawad Ahmed replace Test squad members Peter Handscomb and Jon Holland for Victoria.
Rookie leg-spinner Dan Fallins replaces South Africabound Nathan Lyon for NSW.