November 6, 2002

Hewett, cassell named in Pura squad

Dynamic all-rounder Ian Hewett and rookie fast bowler Rob Cassell have been included in the Bushrangers squad to take on the Queensland Bulls in Friday's Pura Cup clash at the MCG. Prahran leg-spinner Bryce McGain was also included, whilst Mathew Inness has been left out after sustaining a torn hamstring against Tasmania.

A squad of 15 has been named as precautionary measure, due to the injury concerns of pace trio Shane Harwood, Ian Harvey and Mick Lewis. Harwood suffered back soreness following last week's Pura Cup match against Tasmania, whilst Harvey reported lower back and hamstring soreness after the ING Cup match against the same side. Lewis strained his groin in the opening Pura Cup match against the Southern Redbacks.

Hewett 26, has played three matches previously in the Pura Cup, whilst Cassell 19, will make his first-class debut if selected.

Bushrangers Coach David Hookes said the selectors would cull the squad after tomorrow's final training session. "We'll have a light session tomorrow and talk to the boys that pulled up sore from last weekend's matches and assess their condition accordingly. At this stage I'm confident that they will be ok, but if not I think that Ian Hewett and Rob Cassell are two promising young players that will acquit themselves very well".

Darren Berry (c), Jason Arnberger, Will Carr, Rob Cassell, Matthew Elliott, Ian Harvey, Shane Harwood, Ian Hewett, Brad Hodge, Nick Jewell, Mick Lewis, Bryce McGain, Jon Moss, Graeme Rummans, Cameron White

Victorian Bushrangers v Queensland Bulls
Date: Friday, November 8 - Monday November 11
Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm