Chris Hartley has some big gloves to fill when he makes his domestic one-day debut for Queensland in the ING Cup final against the Western Warriors at the Gabba on Sunday. Hartley replaced Wade Seccombe, who was included in the Australian Test squad, in the only change to the Queensland team for the ING Cup decider.
However in his first class debut earlier this season, Hartley showed that he is not daunted by the big occasions. He became the first Queenslander since Matthew Hayden to score a century on debut when he scored 103 against South Australia. He went on to represent the Prime Minister's XI against India in January.
Seccombe has been a lucky charm for Queensland in the past decade, playing in the 1995-96 and 1997-98 Mercantile Mutual Cup victories. He was also an integral part of Queensland's 1994-95 and 1996-97 Sheffield Shield wins and the hat-trick of Pura Cup titles between 1999-00 and 2001-02. Queensland have won six of their past seven ING Cup matches this season, including the last five on the trot. Their only loss in that sequence was against Western Australia at Perth.
A final decision on whether Jimmy Maher, who suffered a hamstring injury, returns to the team is not expected to be made until Saturday. Maher scored a massive 187 when the Bulls amassed a record 4 for 405 against Western Australia in Brisbane earlier this month.
Squad 1 Jimmy Maher (capt), 2 Stuart Law, 3 Martin Love, 4 Clinton Perren, 5 Craig Philipson, 6 James Hopes, 7 Chris Hartley, 8 Andy Bichel,9 Ashley Noffke, 10 Nathan Hauritz, 11 Scott Brant, 12 Chris Simpson