February 25, 2002

Nash set for opening spot

The XXXX Queensland Bulls are set to look to a brace of left-handers to open their Pura Cup batting challenge this week against NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Queensland selectors today announced the Bulls side to tackle the Blues for their second-last Pura Cup match before the Final, with captain Stuart Law returning to the four-day side after making his return from a broken knuckle in yesterday's ING Cup Final loss to NSW.

Law comes into the twelve in place of opener Jerry Cassell (broken hand) who is expected to miss the remaining two games, prompting the likelihood that Brendan Nash will be promoted to open the innings with the in-form Jimmy Maher.

Nash is coming off a maiden first class century for the Bulls, scoring 157 batting at number four in the outright win over the Southern Redbacks at the Adelaide Oval, and has opened previously at first grade and 2nd XI level.

The selectors have also included Michael Kasprowicz, who made his comeback from a hamstring injury yesterday, with left-arm spinner Matthew Anderson missing out.

Teenage left-arm pace bowler Scott Brant has retained his spot after making his first class debut for Queensland against the Redbacks.

XXXX Queensland Bulls v NSW Blues, Pura Cup, SCG, Friday-Monday: Stuart Law (c), Jimmy Maher, Brendan Nash, Martin Love, Andrew Symonds, Lee Carseldine, Wade Seccombe, Ashley Noffke, Nathan Hauritz, Michael Kasprowicz, Joe Dawes, Scott Brant (12th man to be named).