NSW fast bowler Doug Bollinger will join the Australian one-day squad in South Africa.
NSW fast bowler Doug Bollinger will join the Australian one-day squad in South Africa.

Bollinger called into one-day squad

LEFT-ARM fast bowler Doug Bollinger has been sensationally plucked from the relative obscurity of State practice matches in Lismore for the Australian one-day cricket team contesting the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Bollinger, who played for New South Wales in their one-day matches against Victoria and Tasmania last Tuesday and Wednesday at Oakes Oval, has been called in to cover for injured NSW team-mate Nathan Bracken.

While the call-up was not too surprising, it caught the Blues short during the Lismore Festival of Cricket, according to coach Matthew Mott.

“We lost Stuart (Clark, rested in Sydney) and Doug so we haven’t had the flexibility with our bowling to rotate through that we were hoping for,” he said.

“We haven’t heard on Bracks yet, we’re a bit light on with the news, but obviously it doesn’t sound great. Actually I was going to be checking with our physio tonight to try to find out the latest.

“We found out about Doug (being called up) late on Friday.

“Actually, Doug found out on Fox News so I don’t know what the story is there.

“Once Bracks was injured we obviously thought he was in contention.”

It’s the second time a NSW player has been called up into the Australian one-day squad while playing in Lismore.

In 2006, then NSW captain Brad Haddin was called up to rest Adam Gilchrist while the Blues were taking on Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match at Oakes Oval.

The Lismore tournament has also taken its toll on the NSW squad, which is preparing for the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 tournament in Indianext month.

Fast bowler Aaron Bird, who has been trialling a new bowling action since being called for throwing last summer, injured his knee taking a brilliant catch in the outfield, while wicketkeeper Daniel Smith was rested yesterday from both Twenty20 matches due to a leg injury.

With NSW already losing first- choice wicketkeeper Haddin through injury, team officials were quick to rest the nuggetty Smith.

“We’ve had a couple of little niggles,” Mott admitted.

“Aaron (Bird) jarred his knee going for a catch but he bowled afterwards, which was encouraging, but we may have to rest him.

“Daniel (Smith, wicketkeeper) pulled up with a little quad strain as well so we decided to err on the side of caution and we gave (Ben) Rohrer and (Phil) Hughes the chance to keep and I thought they both kept pretty well.”

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