Test stars Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith have withdrawn from the NSW Blues squad ahead of the Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria that begins at Bankstown Oval tomorrow.
Starc will miss the game after his father Paul lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, while Smith has a left elbow complaint.
“I have had some pain in my elbow that’s gradually worsened since the Test against India at the SCG and it requires some rest and rehab,” Smith said.
“I am hoping I will be right to travel with the Blues to Adelaide for our games down their next week but we will have to see how it responds to treatment.”
Rising talents Liam Hatcher and Jason Sangha come into the 13-man squad.
NSW Blues Marsh Sheffield Shield squad, Round 5 v. Victoria, Bankstown Oval, 25-28 February
Peter NEVILL (Captain)
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