February 11, 2003

Harwood, Lewis return for ING clash

Pace duo Shane Harwood and Michael Lewis have returned to the Bushrangers line-up to take on the Western Warriors in Friday's ING Cup match at the WACA. Brett Harrop, who debuted in the Bushrangers win over the NSW Blues on Sunday, was the player to make way.

Harwood and Lewis missed Sunday's match at the MCG, after both reported general soreness at the completion of the Pura Cup match against the Blues. David Hookes said there would be no risk taking when it came to selecting players. "Both Shane and Mick reported soreness after the Pura match and we felt it unnecessary to take any risks with them. Our squad depth is very good and it gave young Brett Harrop a taste of cricket at the next level, something he will no doubt benefit from in the future".

Hookes added the match in Perth would be taken very seriously irrespective of the fact the Bushrangers were unable to make the ING Cup final. "You can't pick and choose which games you take seriously and which you don't. Every game is very important as we strive to build a successful culture within Victorian cricket".

The match details are as follows:

Western Warriors v Victorian Bushrangers
Friday, February 14
Hours of play: 2.30pm - 6.00pm / 6.45pm - 10.15pm

Darren Berry (c), Rob Cassell, Shane Harwood, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Mathew Inness, Nick Jewell, Brendan Joseland, Michael Klinger, Michael Lewis, Andrew McDonald, Jon Moss, Cameron White (one to be omitted)