Debu­tants to fill WA gaps

The Observer - - SPORT | DIGEST -

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.

PHOTO: AAP

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