World Cup spinner Nathan Hauritz will be a sidelight to the Shane Warne show next week when the Queensland Academy of Sport travel to Junction Oval to play the Victorian 2nd XI.
Hauritz was included today in the QAS team to play in Melbourne from Monday after making a request to the Queensland selection panel for an additional bowling stint under match conditions.
Queensland Chairman of Selectors Ray Phillips said Hauritz would play the first three days of the Cricket Australia Cup match, which marks Warne's return from his 12 month drug suspension.
"Nathan didn't get a lot of bowling during the Pura Cup game against NSW due to the weather and asked us whether he could get some more bowling under his belt prior to our game against WA," he said.
"He'll come back after three days so he can take part in the Bulls' final training session before they play their ING Cup game against the Warriors on the Friday," he said.
Hauritz will be joined in the QAS team by Bulls batsman Lee Carseldine, who is hoping he has overcome the back problems that have plagued his season so far.
The QAS team also includes allrounder Chris Simpson and pace bowler Damien Mackenzie who have shared twelfth man duties for the past month for Queensland, and fellow Bulls squad members Scott Brant, Chris Hartley, Steve Farrell and Shane Jurgensen.
While Hauritz and Simpson will enjoy the chance to bowl their off-spin, 20-year-old Redlands leg-spinner Ryan Leloux will have a first-hand view of how Warne fares in his return to cricket.
Queensland Academy of Sport v Victorian 2nd XI, Junction Oval, Feb 9-12:
Aaron Nye (c), Ryan Broad, Chris Simpson, Lee Carseldine, Steve Farrell, Chris Hartley, Ryan Leloux, Scott Brant, Damien MacKenzie, Grant Sullivan, Shane Jurgensen. Coach: Richard Done