Todd Wells will make his Queensland Country cricket debut.
Todd Wells will make his Queensland Country cricket debut.

Wells answers call of country



ROCKHAMPTON cricketer Todd Wells has answered an SOS call and is on his way to Western Australia to pad up for the Queensland Country team at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Mandurah.

Wells was called into the team after Bundaberg bowler Boyd Williams was forced out with a hamstring injury.

It was the same problem that ended Williams's Country campaign two seasons back in Mt Gambier, South Australia.

Wells will not be required for any bowling duties, with Country selecting a strong supply of bowlers for this trip, instead he will open the batting and has also taken over the wicketkeeping gear in case he's needed behind the stumps.

He got the call from Mandurah asking if he was available for the final three matches about 10pm on Wednesday and he flew out at 6.30am this morning.

Wells said straight after he got the call he was nervous. "I couldn't sleep that night so I started packing, I didn't know when I'd have to fly over there,'' Wells said. \ It is a call-up the 27-year-old has been chasing for about seven seasons and a 154-run innings against Mackay Whitsunday during the North Queensland Championships round in Rockhampton would have helped his selection cause.

"It's all you can do in country cricket, I can't go any further,'' said Wells, a teacher at Rockhampton Grammar School.

"I just want to contribute to the team.''

Wells was disappointed to miss out on initial selection after the final trials in Mackay, but was told then he was the next in if someone pulled out of the team.

Despite not having played a match since December 17 the Frenchville cricketer was training leading into Christmas and was back in the nets yesterday and Thursday.

Wells enters an unbeaten Queensland Country team after winning their second round match against NSW yesterday.



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