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Peirson to Miss JLT Cup

30 July 2018

Brisbane Heat wicket-keeper Jimmy Peirson will miss the JLT One Day Cup competition and the start of the JLT Sheffield Shield after having surgery to repair a hamstring injury.

Peirson tore his tendon during pre-season training and had an operation last week in Melbourne.

Peirson, who captained the Bulls to last season’s Shield title while deputizing for regular Queensland captain Usman Khawaja, will begin rehabilitation as soon as he is able.

Queensland coach Wade Seccombe said the injury was a setback but he was confident the squad could overcome the absence of their first-choice gloveman for the start of the season in September.

“You accept that injuries are a part and parcel of the game but certainly the wicket-keeper fills a pretty specific role in the team and is not easy to replace,’’ he said.

“Add into the mix Jimmy’s leadership and it does present us with a few challenges; but on the flipside, it also creates some opportunities to work on between now and the start of the season.”

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Australian One Day contender Chris Lynn will now receive a Bulls playing contract ahead of the JLT Cup which starts in Townsville on September 16 when Queensland takes on Victoria at Riverway Stadium.

Lynn, who departs along with Ben Cutting for the Caribbean Premier League next week, will be named vice-captain to Khawaja for the one-day competition and said he was excited about the prospects of resuming his one-day career for Queensland.

“It’s been a few years since I have been a part of the group for the limited overs competition so I’m looking forward to getting involved and hopefully help us to play some good cricket,’’ he said.

“I’ve enjoyed training with the boys in the off-season and am keen to get into the playing side of things again, first with the Knight Riders in the CPL and then the JLT Cup,’’ he said.

Queensland will play practice matches this week on the Gold Coast at Bill Pippen Oval, with their squad complemented by the arrival of eight players from Auckland Cricket who will join in for the mixture of one-day and T20 games.