Annabel Sutherland could make surprise comeback in WNCL final

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The allrounder withdrew from the Australia tour but is in line to be part of the Victoria-Queensland title showdown

Allrounder Annabel Sutherland, who was ruled out of Australia’s tour of New Zealand with a stress reaction in her thigh, could make a surprise return to action for Victoria in the WNCL final against Queensland.

It had been assumed that Sutherland’s season was over when she withdrew from the national squad, but on Friday she was named in Victoria’s 15-player squad having recently resumed training.

Sutherland’s availability would be a significant boost for Victoria who are without six other Australia players for the title decider.

Victoria captain Elyse Villani would not expand much on Sutherland’s inclusion except to say: “Everyone in the 15 is a chance to play.”

The state made a request to Cricket Australia about delaying the final until after the tour of New Zealand to enable full-strength sides to take part but that was declined. Queensland will be without Beth Mooney and Jess Jonassen.

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