OPENING UP: Queensland Bulls squad member and Warwick paceman Mark Steketee in action in Brisbane. Insets: At home in Warwick.
OPENING UP: Queensland Bulls squad member and Warwick paceman Mark Steketee in action in Brisbane. Insets: At home in Warwick. Queensland Cricket

Steketee on the pace with Queensland XI

WARWICK paceman Mark Steketee will have a familiar face waiting for a snick when he bowls for a Queensland XI against an English development side at Allan Border Field starting today.

Wicketkeeper/batsman James Pierson has already played for Queensland this season and will be behind the stumps to Steketee as he was in the under-19 World Cup early last year.

"James took a couple of catches off me in the World Cup," Steketee said.

The paceman played under Pierson at state U19 level and recalls not being given too many directions from his state captain.

"The aim was the try to keep to the team plan," Steketee said.

Today's game will be the first for Steketee since recovering from a side strain.

Already this season, he has two four-wicket bags for his Brisbane club Souths and looks forward to the

opportunity to play a three-game game.

Steketee looks on himself more as a four-day bowler than a limited over paceman.

Last season, he scored two centuries in Warwick A grade and has an A-grade half century in Brisbane this season.

Already this week, Luke Feldman has been promoted from the Queensland XI to the Bulls Sheffield Shield side prompting the late inclusion of Redlands fast bowler Francois Neser for the game at Allan Border Field.

Asked about his chances of a Bulls call-up, Steketee said his bowling was starting to come along.

"I think I am getting faster, but have to keep myself on the park," he said.

"This game is a good opportunity."

Steketee received a text about his inclusion in the team while fishing, a recreation made more famous by cricketers Matt Hayden and Andrew Symonds.

The Warwick paceman works for Shelleys Industries, but admits he will have to move to Brisbane eventually to further his career.

At present he drives three times a week to Brisbane for training and games.

At training, Steketee chatted a bit with top Australian paceman Ryan Harris at the start of this season.

"Ryan gave me bits of advice about little things he has picked up along the way," Steketee said.

"I am happy to see him do some well in the Test match at the Gabba."

Both sides have 13 players for the game starting today, but there will be only 11 on the field at any one time.

The Queensland XI will be captained by Jason Floros with Joe Burns vice-captain.



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