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Cosgrove out in the cold

UPDATED 04 January, 2013 3:15PM AEST | 3

Tasmania opener Mark Cosgrove has paid the price for his recent lack of one-day runs ahead of Saturday's Ryobi Cup clash against Western Australia in Burnie.

The Tigers will also be without the bowling variety offered by Ben Laughlin, a minor leg injury keeping the one-day specialist out of the match at West Park.


For the Warriors, Mitchell Johnson is unavailable due to his national recall for the third Test in Perth and young all-rounder Mitch Marsh has been ruled out due to a long-term hamstring injury suffered earlier in November.


The batting form of Ben Dunk in his first season as a Tiger had put the squeeze on Cosgrove at the top of the order, while the successful addition of Jon Wells for the last-start loss to Queensland may have sealed the former South Australian's fate.


Dunk will likely open the batting with No.1 wicketkeeper Tim Paine at the other end and will hope to maintain the form that carried him to 96 against the Warriors in last week's Sheffield Shield encounter.


Shaun Marsh and tall paceman Michael Hogan have been called into the 12-man squad for the Western Australians, Marsh making his first one-day appearance since September.


The former Test batsman was one of several Warriors to fail as the side imploded in Hobart, a trend that coach Justin Langer will be keen to address with a better batting display against the white ball.


The Tigers will be looking for Jackson Bird to spearhead an attack that may see former Victorians Evan Gulbis and Andrew Fekete used alongside James Faulkner to make up a relatively inexperienced pace brigade.


Young all-rounder Hilton Cartwright is likely to play in place of the injured Marsh in a bid to bring balance to the Warriors' line-up, while Nathan Rimmington will have to work hard to fill the gap left by Johnson.


Both teams have struggled to find consistency in the 50-over format so far this season and desperately need full points to stay in touch with the teams at the top of the table going in to the Christmas break.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 30 November, 2012 11:19AM AEST

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