Tigers v Bulls Ryobi Cup

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Peter Forrest has scored just one run in two Ryobi Cup innings this season. Image courtesy of news.com.au
Tasmania  hosts Queensland  in the Ryobi One-Day Cup at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday, looking to end a run of four straight defeats across all competitions. The Tigers suffered an embarrassing innings defeat to the Queensland in the Sheffield Shield last week, but will be hopeful of avenging that result against a side that has suffered humiliating losses in both of its Ryobi Cup matches this season.

With Ricky Ponting, Ed Cowan and Ben Hilfenhaus unavailable from the side that lost to South Australia by 82 run at the end of October, the hosts have been forced to make several changes to their lineup. Alex Doolan  – who scored an unbeaten 161 for Australia A against South Africa at the start of the month – is likely to come in to the side, as is young batsman Jonathan Wells. Jackson Bird looks to be the obvious replacement for Test quick Hilfenhaus.

Despite sitting atop the Sheffield Shield table, Queensland has put in two woeful performances in the Ryobi Cup this season. After losing their competition opener to Victoria by 190 runs, the Bulls lost to South Australia by 9 wickets. With the side bundled out for just 189 in both matches, batting has obviously been the problem. Joe Burns  and Usman Khawaja  have both made half centuries in the competition but Peter Forrest  has been a real disappointment. After making a century for Australia in an ODI match earlier this year, the 26 year-old has scored just one run for the Bulls in 50 over matches this season. Chris Hartley will lead the Bulls in the absence of regular skipper James Hopes, who has a knee injury.

Last season these sides split the 50 over matches that they played against each other 1-1, although Tasmania were 7 wicket winners in the corresponding clash at this ground in February.

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