Mark Steketee of the Heat bowls during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba last season.
Mark Steketee of the Heat bowls during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba last season. DAN PELED

Warwick paceman in Cricket Australia XI

CRICKET: Warwick paceman Mark Steketee will head the Cricket Australia XI pace attack in the JLT One-day Cup.

Steketee has regularly played for the Queensland Bulls in recent one-day cup competitions but will play for the CA XI in this season's competition. The CA XI's first game is on Wednesday against South Australia at Allan Border Field.

The Warwick paceman is part of a team coached by former Australian opening batsman Matthew Elliott. Former state paceman Troy Cooley is assistant coach.

Queensland Cricket selection co-ordinator Justin Sternes said Cricket Australia was keen to have an experienced pace bowler to spearhead their line-up.

"The opportunity was there for Mark to fill that role," Sternes said.

"His pre-season was a bit disrupted due to a broken finger but he will quickly catch up playing for the CA XI."

While Steketee is in the CA XI for the one-day competition, he is part of the Queensland Bulls squad for this season's Sheffield Shield competition and the Brisbane Heat squad for the Big Bash League.

Steketee, 23, has played 15 first-class matches for Queensland and taken 45 wickets and has one half century to his credit in the four-day competition.

Two of his main bowling partners in the CA XI will be David Grant who has already played for South Australia and promising New South Wales paceman Henry Thornton. Hard-hitting Queensland top order batsman Max Bryant is the second Queenslander in the CA XI.

The CA XI will play six round games in the competition from this Wednesday to October 17. Three games are at Hurstville Oval in Sydney, two at Allan Border Field and one at North Sydney Oval.



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