Lynn-sanity Omitted from Contract List
Usman Khawaja returns as Captain of the Queensland Bulls for the 2017/18 season as the Queensland squad has made changes to the squad list.
Batsman Nathan Reardon wasn’t offered a contract for this season and with the retirement of wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, arguably the biggest omission from the Contracted players is Brisbane Heat and Australian Power hitter Chris Lynn. Lynn is recovering from a shoulder injury and isn’t expected to return to cricket until early in 2018. Queensland Cricket is expecting him to become available for selection then but felt they could not place him on a contracted list because of his availabilities this season. Lynn has been setting the short format of the game alight with his ability to show off his amazing timing and his sheer brute force as one of the leading six hitters in the Big Bash League earned him a call-up to the Australian T20 and ODI squads, most recently being part of Australia’s failure at the most recent ICC Champions Trophy.
Nathan Rimmington has returned to Queensland after a stint in the West but hasn’t earned a place in Queensland’s Contract List. Along with Khawaja are Billy Stanlake and Matt Renshaw, who both have a Cricket Australia contract.
With the retirement of Hartley, an opportunity has arrived for 26-year-old Lachlan Pfeffer. Pfeffer is a former Queensland youth representative who played with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) in the Futures League. He played a pivotal role in securing Queensland back-to-back Futures Leagues Titles, scoring 99 against the ACT.
Queensland breaks new ground
Queensland Cricket has broken new ground with the announcement of the signing of the first Indigenous players to full Queensland Playing Contracts since the contracting system was introduced.
23-year-old Quick Bowler Brendan Doggett who has previously represented Queensland in the National Indigenous Championships has earned a contract for next season. His brother Sam Doggett represented Queensland in Alice Springs early in 2017.
Doggett had been on the Rookie List but the tall quick from Toowoomba made his List A debut for the Cricket Australia XI ironically against Queensland before moving to play for the Queensland under 23’s squad. He claimed an impressive 10 wickets in three matches which earned his promotion to a full playing contract.
Along with Doggett was 17-year-old Carly Fuller, who represented Queensland in the inaugural Women’s National Indigenous Cricket Championships, who has earned a playing contract for Queensland.
Queensland Contracted Players 2017/18
State Contracts 2017/18
James Bazley, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Luke Feldman, Peter Forrest, Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Peter George, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Lachlan Pfeffer, James Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Sam Truloff, Jack Wildermuth
Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Matthew Kuhnemann, Jack Prestwidge, Bryce Street, Harry Wood.
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