Thatscricket - News - Shane Warne in line for Victorian recall

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2004, 20:43 [IST]
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Melbourne:Champion spin bowler Shane Warne will be recalled to the full Victorian State side as they aim to capture their first Sheffield Shield domestic cricket title since 1990-91.

Victoria wrapped up their four-day match with South Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday without a single ball being bowled on the final day.

Although the match was drawn, Victoria took first innings points from the game which secured them a home ground advantage for the final of the series in March.

They must now determine who will make way for Warne, the Australian Test leg-spinner who is making a comeback after a 12-month ban for taking a banned substance.

He is currently playing for the Victorian Second XI where he took 2-24 from 12 overs against the Queensland Academy of Sport in a rain-shortened match on Wednesday.

Warne will now be recalled to the full Victorian team for their next two matches, a One-day clash against Tasmania on Saturday and a Sheffield Shield fixture against the same State starting on Monday.

Victorian coach Greg Shipperd said there was no way Warne would not be considered, regardless of how little bowling he had completed by the end of the Second XI match.

"We'd all be more relaxed and I'm sure he'd be more relaxed coming into a game if he he'd had more bowling under his belt in a competitive situation," Shipperd said.

"From a precision point of view he's going to feel underdone, as we are trying to judge him ... of where his form is currently at. But he has a fantastic history behind him, the bowler, and we're keen as mustard to get him back and giving him the best opportunity, like any of our players, to play for Australia."

South Australia was 122 for two in their second innings on Wednesday - leading by 16 - when the umpires called off play without a ball being bowled.

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