Victoria v Queensland, Pura Cup, Melbourne

Bulls seeking revenge

Roger Vaughan

November 10, 2003

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Few Australian first-class matches would test players' commitment to the new Spirit of Cricket code more than Victoria v Queensland.

But Bulls coach Terry Oliver said the fine imposed on West Australian paceman Paul Wilson during a Pura Cup match last month had shown Cricket Australia meant business with its tougher player behaviour rules.

Victoria will host its arch-rival from tomorrow in a Pura Cup match at Junction Oval, followed by Sunday's ING Cup one-dayer at the MCG.

They have a history of hard-fought games, but Oliver said their conduct had been "really good" last week when they played a Pura Cup match and a one-dayer in Brisbane.

"Everyone stood up and took notice when he (Wilson) was fined," Oliver said.

"We all had to learn from that - if our game had been the first one (of the season), you never know.

"I'd like to think it (the new code) wouldn't interfere with people being really competitive.

"Sometimes you've got to get into the opposition's face, but you can't cross that line between gamesmanship and getting personal."

While last week's matches might have been played in the right spirit, the five-wicket Pura Cup loss stung Queensland.

Last Wednesday was the first time in 20 years it had lost a four-dayer to Victoria at the `Gabba.

Oliver said his side had performed below-par in all areas - batting, bowling and fielding.

"It hurt - it always hurts to lose, it's never good fun, but the fact we let Victoria win in Brisbane for the first time in 20 years isn't something we're very proud of," he said.

"Let's hope that motivates us into a bit of action."

Captain Martin Love also felt the Queenslanders knew some of the younger Victorian players a little better after last week.

Love said the Junction Oval was a "bit of an MCG wicket" - probably lively early before flattening out into a good batting strip.

Queensland recalled paceman Ashley Noffke for Mitchell Johnson (side), while Lee Carseldine will return for Craig Philipson.

Victoria made one change, promoting leg-spinner Bryce McGain for Shane Harwood (hip), while captain Darren Berry remains sidelined with a broken finger.

Squads (12th men to be named)

VICTORIA: Cameron White (capt), Jason Arnberger, Matthew Elliott, Brad Hodge, Bryce McGain, David Hussey, Mathew Inness, Michael Lewis, Andrew McDonald, Bryce McGain, Jonathan Moss, Peter Roach, Allan Wise.

QUEENSLAND: Martin Love (capt), Lee Carseldine, Joe Dawes, Steve Farrell, James Hopes, Shane Jurgensen, Stuart Law, Ashley Noffke, Daniel Payne, Clinton Perren, Wade Seccombe, Chris Simpson.

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