Elliott and Manou add strength to Redbacks
Two key South Australia players, the wicketkeeper-batsman Graham Manou and the opener Matthew Elliott, have come in to the Pura Cup squad for the match against Victoria at Adelaide on Friday. Manou, the vice-captain, played in the Redbacks' opening Ford Ranger Cup game but sat out the first four-day fixture to allow him extra time to recover from a stress fracture in his right foot.
Elliott also appeared in last week's limited-overs victory against New South Wales, when his 111 helped the Redbacks in their chase, but he missed the Pura Cup draw with the Blues with a rib injury. The opening batsman Nathan Adcock has made way for Elliott, while the left-arm fast-medium bowler Gary Putland has also been omitted.
Shaun Tait, who claimed five wickets at the SCG, believes he can turn things up a notch against the Bushrangers. "I reckon I was bowling a lot of balls in the 150kph against New South Wales," Tait told the Adelaide Advertiser. "I believe I have a fair bit left in the tank. I think I will get around the 150s against Victoria this weekend and hopefully around 160 this year." The points from the match will count towards the David Hookes Memorial Trophy, which South Australia won last year.
Pura Cup squad Matthew Elliott, Daniel Harris, Cameron Borgas, Mark Cosgrove, Callum Ferguson, Darren Lehmann (capt), Shane Deitz, Graham Manou (wk), Cullen Bailey, Jason Gillespie, Paul Rofe, Shaun Tait.