Law fit to lead Queensland vs Tasmania in Sheffield final

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2002, 21:26 [IST]
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Brisbane: Queensland captain Stuart Law passed a fitness test on his injured hand on Wednesday and said he would be fit to lead the defending champions against Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield five-day final from Friday.

"Everything is looking very positive," said Law, whose experience and leadership would be a bonus with Queensland missing several senior players to national duty in South Africa. "I've come through the batting without any problems. Fielding might be a slight worry but I'll give that a fair work out tomorrow," Law added. "Right now, everything is looking pretty good for Friday." Captain Jamie Cox said Tasmania had its best chance of winning since joining the Sheffield Shield competition in 1977-78. But they will probably have to do so without fast bowler Damien Wright who has a leg strain. Cox said there were many bowling permutations and the final decisions would not be made until the morning of the match. Wright has been an integral part of the Tigers' late-season surge into the final as it took 26 points from its last five matches after being last at Christmas. Cox said Wright was receiving intensive treatment and would be given every chance to prove his fitness. "Personally I don't expect him to play," Cox said. "We can't afford to risk him breaking down." Left-arm Andrew Downton has been brought into the squad to cover for Wright. Cox said he expected the Gabba to be a better-than-usual batting wicket for the five-day game. "Every Shield final I've seen has been played on a very good looking batting wicket," he said.

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