Thatscricket - News - Victoria's match against SA rescheduled

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 19:04 [IST]
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Melbourne:The Sheffield Shield cricket match between Victoria and South Australia this weekend has been rescheduled following the death of Victorian coach and former Test star David Hookes.

Cricket Australia said on Tuesday the match would be played from February 8 to 11 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Hookes died on Monday from injuries sustained when he was allegedly bashed outside a Melbourne pub. Victorian and South Australian cricketers and officials were with Hookes late on Sunday when the incident occurred.

"We have agreed to the request after consultation with everyone involved," a Cricket Australia spokesman said on Tuesday. "Considering the funeral arrangements have not yet been made, obviously the players are not in any frame of mind to get ready for an important domestic fixture."

Victoria's next scheduled fixture is a One-day match against South Australia on January 30, before a Shield match from February 1 to 4 at Adelaide Oval and the rescheduled fixture.

Hookes suffered massive head injuries when a bouncer allegedly struck him to the ground during a dispute in the Melbourne suburb of Saint Kilda.

Hookes, 48, was in a coma and on life support following the assault late on Sunday and died on Monday, his step-brother Terry Cranagh said.

Bouncer Zdravco Micevic, 21, was charged with assault and granted conditional bail. Police are expected to consider further charges.

Condolences continue to pour for Hookes

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