Queensland gain three big names for Pura Cup November 5, 2007

Love to return after knee reconstruction

Cricinfo staff



Martin Love has had a ten-month lay-off following his knee reconstruction © Getty Images

Queensland will gain more than 600 games' worth of first-class experience for their Pura Cup match against Western Australia this week, with Martin Love, Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz all set to return. The Bulls have chosen a 13-man squad for the game that begins in Perth on Friday.

Love will be making his first appearance after having a knee reconstruction in January, while Kasprowicz and Bichel both returned from injuries during the weekend's tour match against the Sri Lankans at Allan Border Field. Kasprowicz is Queensland's leading Pura Cup wicket-taker of all time and Love is the leading run-scorer, giving a major boost to what had been an inexperienced Bulls line-up.

James Hopes is also set to play after he suffered a hamstring injury during his successful ODI trip to India. The Bulls have named a 12-man squad for the FR Cup clash that follows the Pura Cup match on Wednesday.

Pura Cup squad Jimmy Maher (capt), Ryan Broad, Martin Love, Clinton Perren, Chris Simpson, James Hopes, Aaron Nye, Andy Bichel, Ashley Noffke, Chris Hartley (wk), Michael Kasprowicz, Daniel Doran, Grant Sullivan.

Ford Ranger Cup Jimmy Maher (capt), Ryan Broad, James Hopes, Clinton Perren, Craig Philipson, Chris Simpson, Aaron Nye, Nathan Reardon, Ashley Noffke, Chris Hartley (wk), Michael Kasprowicz, Grant Sullivan.