Round 5 of the Bupa Sheffield Shield has been rescheduled and will be played from Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th December 2014.
Following consultation with the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and the States, the round has been rescheduled to start four days following the original scheduled Round 5 start date.
Cricket Australia encourages all players who are selected to play for their States to play, however will respect the wishes of those players who decide, for grieving or compassionate reasons, not to play.
Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: "Round 5 of the Bupa Sheffield Shield has been rescheduled to begin Tuesday 9th December.
"We could not ask or expect players to be able to take the field the day after farewelling Phillip. This is a difficult time and the players' wellbeing is our priority, so we are taking it day-by-day. Grief is very personal and we want to give our players every opportunity to feel ready to take the field, though ultimately we recognise that returning to play is a significant milestone in assisting all players to move forward.
"We are continuing to work with the ACA to ensure all players and match officials are receiving ongoing counselling and support."