Carseldine named for Sheffield Shield comeback
Lee Carseldine is in line for his first first-class appearance in five years after Queensland reacted strongly to last week's three-day loss to Victoria. The Bulls have added four men to their Sheffield Shield squad to take on Western Australia in Perth starting on Friday.
Clinton Perren has been named for his first Sheffield Shield game of the season after making a solid start to the one-day campaign. Ben Laughlin, the fast bowler, and the clean-striking batsman Nathan Reardon have also been rewarded for their strong limited-overs form.
The promotion of the batsman Carseldine, 32, would complete a remarkable comeback after his career appeared to be over due to a serious back injury that resulted in him having a titanium disc inserted in his spine. Carseldine made his return to the FR Cup last season and having posted his first one-day century earlier this month, he is a chance to replace Martin Love in the four-day team.
Love will miss the match with a groin injury and there are also doubts over the fitness of the allrounder Ashley Noffke, who did not play the Bulls' FR Cup game on Sunday due to back soreness. Noffke has been named in the 13-man squad and will travel with the team to Perth but a decision on his fitness will not be made until shortly before the game.
Grant Sullivan, the fast bowler, was unavailable so he could be at home for the birth of his first child. The legspinner Daniel Doran was omitted as Queensland continued their trend of giving him limited opportunities to bowl.
Shane Warne said earlier this year he was frustrated at the way state captains in Australia, particularly in Queensland, handled their slow men. Chris Simpson, an offspinning allrounder, has taken the reins of the Bulls this summer but little has changed after Doran batted at No. 11 and did not bowl at all in the season opener before he was given only ten overs as the sixth bowler in last week's match.
Squad Ryan Broad, James Hopes, Clinton Perren, Andrew Symonds, Greg Moller, Lee Carseldine, Chris Simpson (capt), Nathan Reardon, Ashley Noffke, Chris Hartley (wk), Ryan Harris, Chris Swan, Ben Laughlin.