Tasmania's injury worries August 18, 2005

Bevan set to miss start of domestic season

Cricinfo staff

Michael Bevan was Tasmania's star batsman last season © Getty Images

Michael Bevan, the former Australian middle-order batsman, is set to miss the start of the domestic season to recover from knee surgery.

Bevan, who was Tasmania's talismanic batsman last summer after his move from New South Wales, said the healing process was taking longer than expected and he would not be training for another month. "No doubt it'll come good," Bevan told the ABC Sport website. "It's just getting through the frustration and being patient enough to wait until it does."

Tim Coyle, the Tasmania coach, said Bevan would not be pressured to rush back. "We are very keen to get it right," he said. "If it means missing the first few games, it's better to do that and have him right for the rest of the year." Bevan had the operation in March, but his recovery has taken twice as long as he hoped.

Tasmania have more injury worries with Luke Butterworth, the allrounder, in doubt for the start of the season after undergoing groin surgery.