Australian domestic news May 5, 2010

Symonds signs Twenty20 contract with Queensland

Cricinfo staff

Andrew Symonds has stepped up his commitment to Queensland by signing a Twenty20 contract with the state for next summer. The Bulls have named their squad for 2010-11 with five players axed from last season's list, including the batsmen Glen Batticciotto and Nick Kruger, and the fast bowler Grant Sullivan.

The inclusion of Symonds on a special Twenty20-only deal followed his appearances for Queensland in the short formats last season, when he chose to play for match payments alone instead of signing a deal. Graham Dixon, the chief executive of Queensland Cricket, said the Bulls would appreciate the experience of Symonds in the Big Bash.

"We've got a pretty young squad and having players like Andrew along will certainly assist our T20 preparations," Dixon said. "We were very happy with the contribution he made in developing our Futures League side and with the Bulls during the Big Bash.

"He was certainly very keen to continue in that vein when he came into see us after getting back from the IPL. Andrew has been contracted as a Twenty20 player only but no doubt he will provide some valuable advice across the season for the Bulls and QAS squad members."

Queensland were the runners-up in last summer's Sheffield Shield final and they hope a clean-out of several fringe players will help them go one better. The batsman Chris Lynn, the legspinner Cameron Boyce, the wicketkeeper Ben Dunk and the allrounder Jason Floros have all been upgraded from rookie deals to full contracts.

Luke Feldman, the policeman-turned professional fast bowler who won a contract during the season, has also held on to his deal. Gone from the list are Kruger and the legspinner Daniel Doran, who have nominated for the state transfer pool, as well as Batticciotto, Sullivan and the batsman Greg Moller.

The batsman Alex Kemp retained his rookie contract, while four new men were added to the rookie list: allrounder Michael Neser, legspinner Jake Hannan and fast bowlers Nicholas Buchanan and Cameron Gannon. The addition of Buchanan, who was part of Australia's successful Under-19 World Cup side this year, continues the trend at Queensland of blooding sons of former players.

Buchanan's father is the former Queensland player and Australia coach John Buchanan. Other sons of first-class players currently on the Bulls' list include Ryan Broad, Alister McDermott and Ben Laughlin.

Queensland squad Cameron Boyce, Ryan Broad, Lee Carseldine, Ben Cutting, Ben Dunk, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Ryan Harris (Cricket Australia contract), Chris Hartley, James Hopes (CA), Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Craig Philipson, Nathan Reardon, Nathan Rimmington, Chris Simpson, Chris Swan, Andrew Symonds (Twenty20 only), Wade Townsend, Scott Walter.

Rookies Nicholas Buchanan, Cameron Gannon, Jake Hannan, Alex Kemp, Michael Neser.

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  • Stuart on May 7, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    QLD seem to be angling slightly more towards a T20 or 50 over title. This would explain the minor gamble on Symonds and why Kruger was dropped rather than Philipson. No major dramas with any of these signings though; QLD are playing fantastically as a team. As always, the worry is for spinners; I just hope that Cameron Boyce is coached and captained well; so far he has shown that he will try things and hold his head up high in the face of an onslaught.

  • Rajaram on May 6, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    The Queensland Bulls can have him. A word of caution to Graham Dixon, the chief executive of Queensland Cricket - keep an eye on him. Keep him away from the bottle. Inspect his locker - see that there are cricket bats,not fishing tackle. And make sure he understands he is playing for the Queensland Bulls, not the Brisbane Broncos. P.S. He's a waste of time.

  • Neil on May 5, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    I don't understand. How can Symonds be paid to be a cricket player when he doesn't seem to be playing any cricket?

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