Phelps on target for Pura Cup in Lismore
By STEVE SPINKS and AAP
FORMER Clunes cricketer Matthew Phelps has passed his first test this summer by being selected in the NSW ING Cup one-day team to play Queensland at the Gabba this Friday.
Phelps, who was a regular member of the NSW Pura Cup and ING Cup sides last year, is especially keen to hold his place given a Pura Cup match will be played in Lismore in January.
The right-handed top order batsman won selection even though selectors picked a bolter in Bankstown batsman Corey Richards.
Richards, who has played for NSW previously, was rewarded for some good early season form after he scored 122 for the Sydney Central team against the ACT in a State League Cup match recently.
Richards has not played for NSW since 2002-03.
The NSW squad is currently in a training camp at Mooloolaba.
Meanwhile, Queensland has named Australian all-rounders Andrew Symonds and James Hopes for Friday's one-dayer.
The powerful duo will headline a potent Bulls squad that also includes dumped Australian paceman Michael Kasprowicz and fellow quicks Andy Bichel and Mitchell Johnson.
Kasprowicz is under an injury cloud, however, after suffering a minor hamstring strain a fortnight ago.
Teams for ING Cup:
Queensland: Jimmy Maher (c), James Hopes, Andrew Symonds, Clinton Perren, Craig Philipson, Chris Simpson, Chris Hartley, Andy Bichel, Nathan Hauritz, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Kasprowicz, Brendan Nash.
NSW: Brad Haddin (c), Nathan Bracken, Doug Bollinger, Stuart Clark, Ed Cowan, Phil Jaques, Matthew Nicholson, Aaron O'Brien, James Packman, Matthew Phelps, Corey Richards, Dominic Thornely. (Super subs to be named).