Wicket-keeper Jimmy Peirson has completed a rapid recovery from a hamstring injury that had seemed certain to force him out of the entire limited overs tournament and will force his way back into the Queensland Bulls squad for Saturday's JLT clash with Tasmania.
The Heat gloveman will also take on the Bulls captaincy, with Chris Lynn reverting to vice-captain for the clash with the Tigers, which defeated Victoria yesterday in Townsville.
Peirson, who led Queensland to the Sheffield Shield title last summer, underwent surgery in July after tearing his hamstring and was not expected to return to playing until early October.
However he has made a strong recovery, playing Premier Cricket for Redlands on the weekend, and training without restriction this week.
Queensland Chairman of Selectors Justin Sternes said Peirson had worked exceptionally well to return from his injury.
“We can’t fault him on his preparation and his determination,’’ he said. “The support staff have been very diligent in managing his recovery and he hasn’t missed a trick.”
“It’s unfortunate for Jack, and we will monitor him closely over the next few weeks.”
The Bulls lost their opening match against Victoria last weekend in Townsville and will return to North Queensland tomorrow keen to bounce back for the second game of their tournament.