Harwood added to Victoria's injury list
Victoria have called on Clint McKay and Darren Pattinson as they face a familiar problem with several of their frontline fast bowlers missing through injury. The pair has been included in the Bushrangers' 12-man squad for their FR Cup match against South Australia in the Gippsland city of Traralgon on Sunday.
They were already missing Dirk Nannes with a foot injury and Gerard Denton with an ankle problem, but now Shane Harwood and John Hastings have been added to the casualty list. Harwood has a groin injury after playing in the Pura Cup win over the Redbacks this week, while Hastings had surgery earlier this week to have a pin inserted in a fractured finger.
The veteran Mick Lewis also cut their pace options by one when he announced his retirement from state cricket on Wednesday. It leaves Peter Siddle to spearhead a less experienced attack, bringing back memories of last summer when all of Victoria's contracted fast bowlers were injured at one point.
The limited-overs clash will be the closest thing to a genuine home game for Siddle, who was born in Traralgon and was raised in the nearby town of Morwell. A win for the second-placed Redbacks would give them a strong chance of reaching the FR Cup final, while the bottom-of-the-table Bushrangers could jump as high as third with a victory.
Victoria squad Aiden Blizzard, Michael Klinger, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Rob Quiney, Andrew McDonald, Adam Crosthwaite (wk), Peter Siddle, Clint McKay, Bryce McGain, Darren Pattinson.
South Australia squad Matthew Elliott, Daniel Harris, Mark Cosgrove, Callum Ferguson, Nathan Adcock (capt), Daniel Christian, Graham Manou (wk), Mark Cleary, Ryan Harris, Jason Gillespie, Dan Cullen, Paul Rofe.