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November 3, 2006
Michael Bevan has been ruled out of Saturday's Ford Ranger Cup match against Queensland with a hip flexor strain. Bevan failed a fitness test on Thursday and has been replaced in the squad by Dane Anderson, the left-hand batsman who played five limited-overs games for Tasmania last season.
The match will also see the return of Matthew Hayden, who has recovered from a finger fracture he suffered in a match nearly three weeks ago, as well as a recent dog attack. Tasmania captain Dan Marsh said the Tigers would be doing Hayden no favours.
"He's one of the world's best players so it's a great opportunity for [one of the young bowlers] to knock him over and put their name up in lights," Marsh told AAP. "He's a good player but we believe we can get him out if we bowl well."
Tasmania coach Tim Coyle said Hayden would not be the only focus for the Tigers' bowlers. "We think that we've got the bowling attack to dismiss those batters, if not contain them and force an error," he said.
Tasmania Tim Paine (wk), Michael Di Venuto, Travis Birt, George Bailey, Luke Butterworth, Dane Anderson, Dan Marsh (capt), Adam Griffith, Xavier Doherty, Brendan Drew, Brett Geeves, Ben Hilfenhaus.
Queensland Jimmy Maher (capt), Matthew Hayden, James Hopes, Clinton Perren, Craig Philipson, Brendan Nash, Michael Buchanan, Chris Hartley (wk), Andy Bichel, Chris Simpson, Scott Brant, Ashley Noffke.
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