Big Billy set to debut for the Bulls

Man in the middle ... Billy Stanlake. Photo: AAP
Man in the middle ... Billy Stanlake. Photo: AAP Steve Christo

QUEENSLAND'S rebuilding season will continue against South Australia at the Gabba tomorrow, with towering quick Billy Stanlake set to make his first-class debut.

The 204cm Gold Coast paceman will become the Bulls' 497th first-class player, and third debutant this season, if he does line up against the Redbacks.

Opener Scott Henry and No.3 Sam Heazlett have recorded tons for the Bulls in their maiden appearances for the sunshine state so far this summer.

Heazlett, the left-hander from Redlands, scored 129 and 78 in Queensland's outright win over Tasmania earlier this week.

At 20 years and 57 days, he was the youngest batsman since Martin Love to score a century for Queensland.

Stanlake, who turned 21 last week, was chosen in the 12-man squad alongside experienced all-rounder James Hopes as the two changes to the Queensland team.

They will replace all-rounder Michael Neser - 12th man against Tasmania, and paceman Peter George.

"Pete was a little tight in the hamstring, which is the one he injured in the pre-season, and so the selectors felt it best to give him more time to recover," Queensland Cricket convenor of selectors Justin Sternes said.

"Michael will have the chance to play some Premier (first-grade) cricket on the weekend and keep mounting a case for future selection.

"Billy has had a few weeks to get some good bowling under his belt since the one-dayers and it is a good opportunity to bring him in alongside James Hopes."

Stanlake played for the Bulls in the Matador Cup last month and was selected to play in the CA XI team against New Zealand, in the abandoned tour match at Blacktown.


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