Spiked Krejza looking for form ahead of Test series

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Melbourne, Oct 4 (UNI) After the battering that he received at the hands of the Board President's XI, off-spinner Jason Krejza would look for form and confidence to take refuge from the story that broke overnight surrounding his positive test for cocaine in 2006, a result he said came via a spiked drink.

Krejza was found struggling against the Indian batsmen who clobbered him for over 120 runs in his 20 overs and the off-spinner failed to pick any wickets in the first innings of thec Board President's XI in Hyderabad.

The 25-year-old Krejza's another chapter of misadventure was reported in Sydney Morning Herald today.

In November 2006, Krejza called up NSW team officials to express concern that his drink had been spiked at a nightclub three days before he was due to represent the Blues in a Second XI match.

The rookie spinner claimed to be feeling dazed in a manner different to the effects of alcohol and was worried about being called for a doping offence during the game.

He was withdrawn from the match and ordered by NSW to give a urine sample which showed traces of cocaine, although two further tests were clear, the newspaper said.

''It was terrifying,'' Krejza told Sydney Morning Herald after the day's play in Hyderabad yesterday.

''It was a real shock when it all happened. My first reaction was to go through the correct channels (with Cricket NSW).

''We are told of these processes all the time, so my immediate reaction was to speak to the appropriate people there.

''You think about how (a potential positive test) might affect things, but that's just from the shock. Basically, it was terrible,'' the off-spinner added.

Following the incident, Krejza moved from NSW to Tasmania, where he was banned from pre-season training due to a drink-driving offence he said was a turning point in his career.

Krejza said it had been a ''pivotal moment'' in his career and forced him to take a more professional attitude.

After the departure of Australia's number one spinner Bryce McGain, the visitors' are relying heavily on Krejza to come up with some exceptional talent against India although in the tour game he was belted all over the stadium yesterday.

Krejza, in any case, will make it to the Test side for the opening Test with coach Tim Nielsen saying selectors had not considered using an all-pace attack in the Test series against India, which starts in Bangalore next week.

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