Queensland call on rookie spinner Boyce
Another young spinner could be given a taste of first-class cricket in Australia after Queensland named the legspinner Cameron Boyce in their Sheffield Shield squad to take on New South Wales at the SCG this week. Boyce, 20, has replaced Ryan Harris in the squad after Harris was named as a shadow player for Peter Siddle in Australia's ODI side.
A rookie-contracted player for the past two seasons, Boyce is yet to play first-class or one-day cricket for Queensland but has won a spot ahead of Daniel Doran, who has been the Bulls' first-choice slow bowler for several seasons. Queensland's squad also includes the fast bowler Luke Feldman and the wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, who missed the recent Twenty20 Big Bash with a broken thumb.
Queensland take on the Blues in their four-day match starting on Friday but first New South Wales host South Australia in a one-day game in Wollongong on Tuesday. The Redbacks will be without Mark Cosgrove, who has a wrist injury, allowing the rookie batsman Michael Cranmer to join the 12-man squad in search of a state debut.
Meanwhile, Tasmania will host Victoria in an FR Cup game on Wednesday followed by a Sheffield Shield clash beginning on Friday. Tasmania have named their one-day squad with the only change the inclusion of the batsman Rhett Lockyear at the expense of the allrounder James Faulkner.
Victoria have decided to take a 17-man squad to Tasmania ahead of the limited-overs match. The players not required for the four-day encounter will return home following Wednesday's game.
Queensland Sheffield Shield squad Ryan Broad, Nick Kruger, Wade Townsend, Lee Carseldine, Glen Batticciotto, Chris Simpson (capt), Chris Hartley (wk), Chris Swan, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Cameron Boyce, Scott Walter.
South Australia FR Cup squad Graham Manou (capt, wk), Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Tom Cooper, Cameron Borgas, Michael Cranmer, Aaron O'Brien, Daniel Christian, Matthew Weeks, Chris Duval, Jake Haberfield, Shaun Tait.
Tasmania FR Cup squad Michael Dighton, Ed Cowan, Rhett Lockyear, George Bailey (capt), Travis Birt, Tim Paine (wk), Luke Butterworth, Brett Geeves, Jason Krejza, Xavier Doherty, Brendan Drew, Gerard Denton.
Victoria squad Nick Jewell, Chris Rogers, David Hussey (capt), Rob Quiney, Brad Hodge, Aaron Finch, Aiden Blizzard, Lloyd Mash, Michael Hill, Andrew McDonald, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, James Pattinson, Damien Wright, Jon Holland, Bryce McGain, Dirk Nannes.