Warne taking a well-earned rest
HE'S not coming!
Some much needed rest for a weary and aching body is the main reason world record wicket-taker Shane Warne has not been selected in the Victorian squad for this Saturday's ING Cup game in Coffs Harbour.
Warne was expected to be available for the one-day clash this Saturday after his duties for the Test team were completed last week.
But the 36-year-old revealed to the media at the weekend that he intends taking a short break to recuperate from some niggly injuries.
"They (officials) want to rest me for a few weeks to make sure my body heals," Warne said.
"My back, my shoulder, my finger and my knee need a few weeks break."
Cricket Victoria communications and public relations manager Eivion Bowen confirmed that the champion leg-spinner is in doubt for the top-of-the-table ING Cup clash this weekend.
"It's too early to say for sure and our advice at this stage is unofficial," he said.
"But it's probably unlikely that he'll play in the ING Cup game at Coffs Harbour on the Saturday and the four-day game in Lismore next week.
"He has some niggling injuries which are troubling him at the moment.
"We're taking our advice from the Australian selectors and medicos."
While the loss of Warne is a big blow to organisers, a number of other Victorian big guns including Test batsman Brad Hodge should be available.
All-rounder Cameron White and fast bowler Michael Lewis are also likely to be on hand after being dropped from the Australian one-day team.
The final Victorian squad was being announced last night after the Bushrangers' tour match against Sri Lanka.
NSW opener Phil Jaques, who made his debut for Australia during the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne, and leg spinner Stuart MacGill have both been named in the 13 man NSW squad for this weekend's clash.
Matthew Phelps and Grant Lambert come into the Blues ING Cup squad replacing Simon Katich and Michael Clarke who are in the Australian one-day team.
NSW ING Cup squad: Brad Haddin (c), Aaron Bird, Doug Bollinger, Moises Henriques, Phil Jaques, Grant Lambert, Stuart MacGill, Matthew Nicholson, Aaron O'Brien, Matthew Phelps, Corey Richards, Craig Simmons, Dominic Thornely.