Bartlett Makes Debut as Queensland Bulls Face South Australia

Captain Usman Khawaja during training
Captain Usman Khawaja during training
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Gold Coast pace bower Xavier Bartlett is set to make his first class debut for the Queensland Bulls at the Gabba in their Marsh Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia from Friday.

Bartlett, 20, comes into the Queensland squad in place of Billy Stanlake who will miss the match as part of his on-going bowling management plan.

Stanlake, named last week in the Australian T20 International squad, will play in next Wednesday’s Marsh One Day Cup game against the Redbacks at the Gabba before joining the national squad for the series against Sri Lanka.

Bartlett, who picked up 4-42 for the Gold Coast against University of Queensland in Premier Cricket last week, is the only change to the Queensland squad that lost its opening Shield game against NSW by five wickets at the Gabba on the weekend.

The former Australian U-19 quick has played 11 List A games for Queensland and for the Queensland Academy of Sport 2nd XI.

The Bulls one-day team for next week’s limited overs clash sees the return of allrounder Jack Wildermuth who has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in his player of the match effort in the opening Marsh Cup game last month.

Queensland currently sit on top of the one-day ladder.

Queensland Chairman of Selectors Justin Sternes said Bartlett had made a strong return after a stress fracture in his back saw him miss most of last season.

“Xavier has worked hard to get to this point,’’ he said. “It’s a good opportunity for him to come into the squad and we’ll see how things go once the team assesses the conditions at the ground.”

“We’d had this game earmarked for Billy to have a break. He’s played four one-dayers and the Shield game this week and has been going very well.”

“He will likely have a bowl for Souths in Premier Cricket on the weekend and be right to resume with the one-dayer at the Gabba next week before joining the Australian T20 squad.”

“Billy is keen to play all formats this season and we’ll work carefully with him to ensure he has the opportunity to do that.”

South Australia are coming off the high-scoring Shield draw with Victoria at Junction Oval and have welcomed back swing bowler Chadd Sayers for the Gabba clash.

The Gabba will host Australia on October 30 in the second match of the Gillette T20 international series against Sri Lanka.

Marsh Sheffield Shield
QLD v SA at the Gabba
Friday – Monday, 10am start daily

Queensland Bulls

Usman Khawaja (c)
Xavier Bartlett
Joe Burns
Cameron Gannon
Sam Heazlett
Charlie Hemphrey
Marnus Labuschagne
Michael Neser
James Peirson
Matthew Renshaw
Mark Steketee
Mitch Swepson
(12th man to be named)
Free admission via Gate 5, Vulture Street.
The match will be streamed through cricket.com.au

Marsh One Day Cup
QLD v SA at the Gabba
Wednesday 23 October, 10am

Queensland Bulls

Usman Khawaja (c)
Joe Burns
Ben Cutting
Sam Heazlett
Matthew Kuhnemann
Marnus Labuschagne
James Peirson
Michael Neser
Matthew Renshaw
Billy Stanlake
Mark Steketee
Jack Wildermuth
(12th man to be named)
Free admission via Gate 5, Vulture Street.
The match will be streamed through cricket.com.au and Kayo

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