Our Team of the Week Queensland Bulls have named a 13-man squad for the early stages of a hectic Ryobi Cup schedule in Sydney. The defending champions, led by captain James Hopes, have six group games in 12 days, the first of which comes on Friday against WA Warriors.
There is no place for Australian Test bowler Ryan Harris, who is being monitored by Cricket Australia’s fitness team ahead of the Ashes. Harris could come into contention later in the competition as the selectors can change the squad at any time.
Absent on selection grounds are Peter Forrest, a former one-day international batsman, Alister McDermott and Cameron Gannon.
Powerful opening batsman Luke Pomersbach will miss out against his home state having opted out of Brisbane Heat’s Champions League t20 campaign in India due to personal reasons. The left-hander will train with other members of the Bulls’ squad who have been omitted in Brisbane.
Jason Floros, who hit 47 off 32 balls to help the Bulls recover from 81-6 in February’s final against Victoria, makes the cut. He only played two one-day matches last summer.
Specialist opening batsman Greg Moller, aged 30, is also in the squad as he looks to continue his renaissance in state cricket. The right-hander has only played seven one-day fixtures since debuting in 2008. He lost a state contract shortly afterwards due to lean form, but is back on the list this year.
The Bulls’ Ryobi Cup squad is: Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Matthew Gale, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes (captain), Chris Lynn, Greg Moller, Michael Neser, Nathan Reardon, Usman Khawaja.
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