Tasmania's Griffith fails fitness test

Quiney in line for Pura Cup debut

Cricinfo staff

February 10, 2007

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Tasmania and Victoria have both made forced changes ahead of their Pura Cup match starting at Hobart on Monday. The Tigers have recalled Brett Geeves after Adam Griffith failed a fitness test and the Bushrangers promoted Rob Quiney in the absence of Brad Hodge, who is with the Australia ODI squad.

Quiney has struggled for form in his seven one-day games this year but he scored 215 in Melbourne's grade cricket last weekend, which could put him on track to make his first-class debut. Griffith was considered only an outside chance to make his comeback after re-injuring his hamstring at a training session.

The game should also see the return of Sean Clingeleffer, who was dumped from the Tasmania Pura Cup team before Christmas. Tasmania were forced to rethink their decision to hand the wicketkeeping gloves to Tim Paine after his batting fell away dramatically with the extra responsibility.

Paine, 22, made a terrific start to the season and after four matches averaged 58.42, with a highest score of 215 against Western Australia at Perth. But since he was tasked with wicketkeeping as well as opening the batting, Paine has reached double figures only once from six innings and has averaged 4.66.

Tasmania squad Michael Di Venuto, Tim Paine, Michael Dighton, Travis Birt, George Bailey, Daniel Marsh (capt), Sean Clingeleffer (wk), Damien Wright, Luke Butterworth, Brett Geeves, Brendan Drew, Ben Hilfenhaus.

Victoria squad Nick Jewell, Lloyd Mash, Michael Klinger, David Hussey (capt), Jon Moss, Rob Quiney, Andrew McDonald, Adam Crosthwaite (wk), Shane Harwood, Bryce McGain, Michael Lewis, Darren Pattinson.

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