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O'Keefe sends Warriors in

UPDATED 07 February, 2013 3:04PM AEST | by Carly Adno

NSW skipper Stephen O'Keefe has sent Western Australia in to bat in their Ryobi One Day Cup clash at the SCG.

O'Keefe admitted at the toss he wasn't sure how the pitch would play given the amount of rain around Sydney over the last few days.

The weather was on his mind as he opted to have a bowl first as there is a chance of late afternoon rain, which could benefit the side chasing.

In a late change, the Blues are without wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who withdrew from the match with a view to balance his workload given his recent return from injury.

Peter Nevill replaces him behind the stumps and Nic Maddinson has come into the side.

19-year-old Gurinder Sandhu makes his debut for the Blues after playing in the Prime Minister's XI against the West Indies in Canberra.

Josh Hazlewood, David Dawson and Trent Copeland come into the side for Sean Abbott, Josh Lalor and Adam Zampa.

The Warriors have two debutants in their side, with Australian under-19 tea-mates Ashton Agar and Joel Paris turning out for the visitors.

After the axing of Marcus North, the Warriors will look to the experienced Mike Hussey to revitalise their campaign.

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 January, 2013 3:52PM AEST

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