Queensland Bulls Announce Squad
Fast bowler Alister McDermott has ended a three-year absence to return to the Queensland Bulls contracted player list with the announcement today of the 2019-20 squad.
The 27-year-old paceman is the only newcomer to earn a full State contact while Australian Under-19 batsman Corey Hunter and Brisbane Heat rookie left-arm paceman Matthew Willans are new faces in the Rookie contracted list.
Batsman Max Bryant and left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann received full contracts for the first time after starting last season on rookie deals.
There were three players from last year’s list who were not contracted, with paceman Luke Feldman announcing his retirement and Peter George and Sam Truloff not offered new deals.
McDermott, a player and the club coach with Premier Grade club Wynnum-Manly, played three Toyota Futures League games for the Queensland Academy of Sport 2nd XI, with a best of 5-46 against WA in November.
McDermott made his debut for Queensland as a 17-year-old, playing a T20 Big Bash match against Victoria while still at school, before making his domestic one-day and first class debuts the following season.
He was a member of championship Queensland teams in 2012-13 (Shield) and 2013-14 (one-day) as well as playing in the Brisbane Heat’s BBL|02 championship team and being a member of the Sydney Thunder’s title-winning squad in 2016-17.
He has represented Australia ‘A’ and toured the UAE in 2012 with Australia’s ODI and T20 squads without debuting in either format against Pakistan.
As well as coaching, he is completing a Bachelor of Education degree.
Queensland coach Wade Seccombe welcomed McDermott’s return to the squad.
“Ali has worked exceptionally hard to get to this point and he brings that determination and composure to the squad,’’ he said.
“We’re very pleased to have him resume with us after a few years away. He has used Premier Cricket and the 2nd XI competition to demonstrate his skills as well as challenging himself through taking on coaching duties with his club.”
“We’re also excited to bring two of our Australian U-19 players in Corey Hunter and Matthew Willans onto the Rookie list. It’s great they have been able to follow the talent development pathway with Queensland, and we’re confident they can take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity,” he said.
Seccombe noted that Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn had not received a Bulls contract for the coming season after being a late addition to the list in 2018-19, but confirmed he remained an important part of Queensland’s plans for 2019-20.
“Chris is very much in our thinking for our one-day set-up in light of his performances last summer and we will work closely with him in the lead-up to the season once again,’’ he said.
Lynn was the leading runs-scorer in the JLT Cup in 2018-19, hitting 452 runs at 75.33, including two centuries.
2019-20 Queensland Bulls Squad
Cricket Australia Contracted Player
Usman Khawaja (Valley)
Xavier Bartlett (Gold Coast)
Max Bryant (Gold Coast)
Joe Burns (Norths)
Brendan Doggett (Wests)
Cameron Gannon (Norths)
Sam Heazlett Redlands)
Charlie Hemphrey (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Matt Kuhnemann (Gold Coast)
Marnus Labuschagne (Redlands)
Alister McDermott (Wynnum-Manly) NEW
Michael Neser (Gold Coast)
James Peirson (Redlands)
Lachlan Pfeffer (Valley)
Jack Prestwidge (Norths)
Matt Renshaw (Toombul)
Billy Stanlake (Souths)
Mark Steketee (Valley)
Mitch Swepson (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Jack Wildermuth (Valley)
Blake Edwards (Wests)
Corey Hunter (Wynnum-Manly) NEW
Nathan McSweeney (Norths)
Bryce Street (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Connor Sully (Norths)
Matthew Willans (University of Qld) NEW
IN: Alister McDermott, Corey Hunter (rookie), Matthew Willans (rookie).
OUT: Luke Feldman (retired) Peter George, Sam Truloff, Chris Lynn.
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