KFC Twenty20, 2007-08 January 2, 2008

Hopes back from illness

Cricinfo staff

James Hopes is in line to play his first state Twenty20 match for the summer © Getty Images

Queensland have regained James Hopes for their Twenty20 match against South Australia on Friday after he missed the opening game due to illness. The Bulls lost their encounter against Victoria and are hoping to inflict the Redbacks' second defeat of the competition.

While Hopes is back, Queensland are still without Chris Simpson, who will miss not only Friday's Gabba outing but also the Bulls' trip to the WACA on Sunday with a finger injury. They have named the same squad of 13 for both matches.

After the Perth match Queensland travel to New South Wales on Tuesday before finishing their Twenty20 campaign at home against Tasmania next Thursday. The Bulls ended up second-last in the 2006-07 competition.

Queensland squad Jimmy Maher, James Hopes, Shane Watson, Nathan Reardon, Clinton Perren, Craig Philipson, Aaron Nye, Lee Carseldine, Michael Buchanan, Ashley Noffke, Chris Hartley (wk), Michael Kasprowicz, Grant Sullivan.