Australia news May 1, 2013

Queensland sign another McDermott

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland have signed another member of the McDermott family with teenage batsman Ben McDermott joining the state on a rookie deal for next summer. The brother of Queensland-contracted fast bowler Alister and son of former Test bowler Craig, the 18-year-old McDermott recently toured New Zealand with the Australia Under-19s and played as both a wicketkeeper and as a specialist batsman.

Opening batsmen Greg Moller and Alex Kemp were also added to the contract list, while Andrew Robinson, Wade Townsend and rookie batsman Corey Barsby were left out. Queensland had a successful 2012-13, winning the Ryobi Cup and finishing as runners-up in the Sheffield Shield, while the Brisbane Heat took out the BBL title. But coach Darren Lehmann said there remained plenty to work on.

"We had a pretty good summer but in our post-season reviews, the players all identified areas where we needed to be better," Lehmann said. "It's going to be a big year for Australian cricket and we believe there are big opportunities to be had for our group if we can improve our skills and consistency across the board.

"We had a lot of fun last season but now we know it is time to start again, put in the hard work, and look forward to enjoying our cricket when the season comes around."

Queensland squad Cameron Boyce, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Peter Forrest, Matthew Gale, Cameron Gannon, Ryan Harris (Cricket Australia contract), Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Alex Kemp, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Greg Moller, Michael Neser, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Reardon. Rookies Nicholas Buchanan, Ben McDermott, Ronan McDonald, James Peirson, Nicholas Stevens.

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  • John on May 3, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Hold your horses, Mitty- the side you named is a decent bowling side (if Harris stays fit) but the batting isn't nearly strong enough to compete with, let alone dominate, a full-strength Warwickshire side. Moller- a 30-year old specialist batsman with an average of less than 24? Forrest and Hartley, averages of 31, in the top 6? Heck, you don't even have the best young batsman named Burns in the world- check out Rory Burns of Surrey, 22 years old, 4 hundreds in 14 FC matches with an average of 49.

    Anyway, good luck to young McDermott. One thing is for certain, he won't fail for lack of expert guidance. What a great cricketing family.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Reading through that list of names, we have a pretty decent squad there and that young Peirson is a very good prospect - not sure he would be willing to hand over the gloves to young Ben though. Looking forwad to another good season . . .

  • Fazal on May 1, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    It's nice to see another member of the McDermott family in action for the Queensland cricket team. Like father like son but this time with the bat and wicket keeping gloves. Eagerly looking forward to see him in action next summer.

  • Adrian on May 1, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Curious to see that in a fast bowling family Ben McDermott is a wicket keeper! Alister McDermott has been very successful at first class level and surely is soon to be international colours. It remains to be seen if Ben will climb to the same heights. Chris Hartley isn't close to retirement age.

  • Hamish on May 1, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    If only queensland had an available line up of: pomersbach moller khawaja Forrest burns Hartley hopes McDermott cutting Harris hauritz - would dominate any county team (sorry FFL!), they would have won all three formats.

    But that's off topic, with Craig and alister's inherent talent, hopefully ben can showcase his - albeit batting not bowling pace! It's always good to have two brothers in a test side, and with alister being in the top 3 quicks (IMO) who haven't played a test - Sayers, cutting and him - he could be in the test squad within two years and hopefully ben can follow suit!

  • Mariam on May 1, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Good young talent, boof to continue the great work

  • Brendan on May 1, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Are Queensland not shopping around

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