Burt Cockley's eventful month has come to a disappointing end after being diagnosed with stress fractures of the back. Cockley has been ruled out of New South Wales' one-day match against Tasmania in Launcestion on Saturday, while Dominic Thornely has been omitted.
It was only a month ago that Cockley was a left-field selection for Australia's one-day international squad in India after several first-choice bowlers went down with injuries. Cockley did not play a match on the trip and now faces the prospect of having to get over his stress fractures before reclaiming his state spot.
The Blues have included the spinner Steve O'Keefe and the batsman Usman Khawaja in their 12-man squad, which will again be captained by Stuart Clark. New South Wales have one win from three matches in the FR Cup this summer, while Tasmania, who are unchanged from Sunday's loss to South Australia, have played five games for two victories.
New South Wales squad Phillip Hughes, Phil Jaques, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Daniel Smith (wk), Moises Henriques, Grant Lambert, Steve O'Keefe, Stuart Clark (capt), Josh Hazlewood.
Tasmania squad Wade Irvine, Michael Dighton, George Bailey (capt), Travis Birt, Ed Cowan, Luke Butterworth, James Faulkner, Jason Krejza, Brendan Drew, Brett Geeves, Gerard Denton, Xavier Doherty.