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Bulls seeking revenge in Melbourne

By Roger Vaughan 10/11/2003 04:21:23 PM Comments (0)

Few Australian first-class matches would test players' commitment to the new Spirit of Cricket code more than Victoria v Queensland.

But Bulls coach Terry Oliver said the fine imposed on West Australian paceman Paul Wilson during a Pura Cup match last month had shown Cricket Australia meant business with its tougher player behaviour rules.

Victoria will host its arch-rival from Tuesday in a Pura Cup match at Junction Oval, followed by Sunday's ING Cup one-dayer at the MCG.

They have a history of hard-fought games, but Oliver said their conduct had been "really good" last week when they played a Pura Cup match and a one-dayer in Brisbane.

"Everyone stood up and took notice when he (Wilson) was fined," Oliver said.

"We all had to learn from that - if our game had been the first one (of the season), you never know.

"I'd like to think it (the new code) wouldn't interfere with people being really competitive.

"Sometimes you've got to get into the opposition's face, but you can't cross that line between gamesmanship and getting personal."

While last week's matches might have been played in the right spirit, the five-wicket Pura Cup loss stung Queensland.

Last Wednesday was the first time in 20 years it had lost a four-dayer to Victoria at the `Gabba.

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