Cautious Manou sits out Pura Cup opener
Graham Manou, South Australia's wicketkeeper and vice-captain, has been ruled out of their Pura Cup season opener against New South Wales as he attempts to make a full recovery from a stress fracture in his right foot. However, Manou will test the injury during the Ford Ranger Cup one-day match against New South Wales at North Sydney Oval on Sunday, which is before the four-day fixture starting at the SCG on October 17.
South Australia's medical and coaching staff were confident Manou would not be a risk for a 50-over match, but they were not convinced he could get through the first-class game and adopted a more patient approach. Shane Deitz will keep wicket in place of Manou while Matthew Elliott will take up the Pura Cup vice-captaincy. Elliott is making his return for South Australia after a knee injury forced him to miss the closing stages of last season.
New South Wales have named a fresh side for the Pura Cup game with Scott Coyte and Moises Henriques in line to make their first-class debuts. Coyte, a 21-year-old fast bowler who picked up 59 grade wickets at 15.46 last season, and Henriques, an allrounder, will be joined by the recalled Ed Cowan and the import Beau Casson.
Casson, the left-arm wrist spinner who moved from Western Australia during the winter, will partner Stuart MacGill, but he has missed a spot in the one-day outfit. Daniel Christian, a right-hand batsman, was picked for his first senior side after posting two centuries in the State League Cup playing for Sydney South-East.
NSW FR Cup squad Brad Haddin (capt, wk), Doug Bollinger, Scott Coyte, Daniel Christian, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Phil Jaques, Stuart MacGill, Matthew Nicholson, Aaron O'Brien, Craig Simmons, Dominic Thornely.
South Australia FR Cup squad Darren Lehmann (capt), Mark Cosgrove, Matthew Elliott, Graham Manou (vice-capt), Greg Blewett, Cullen Bailey, Cameron Borgas, Mark Cleary, Callum Ferguson, Jason Gillespie, Gary Putland, Shaun Tait.
NSW Pura Cup squad Brad Haddin (capt, wk), Doug Bollinger, Beau Casson, Scott Coyte, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Phil Jaques, Greg Mail, Stuart MacGill, Matthew Nicholson, Aaron O'Brien, Dominic Thornely.
South Australia Pura Cup squad Darren Lehmann (capt), Mark Cosgrove, Matthew Elliott, Shane Deitz, Daniel Harris, Cullen Bailey, Cameron Borgas, Paul Rofe, Callum Ferguson, Jason Gillespie, Gary Putland, Shaun Tait.