Wells' practice scuttled

IT has not been ideal preparation for Rockhampton cricketer Todd Wells as he heads south today to captain Queensland Country.

Heavy rain has limited the work Wells has been able to do in the nets as he gets ready for the challenge of leading the state team for the first time.

On Tuesday, he and brother Jason did get a little time with the bowling machine at Rockhampton Grammar, but apart from that he will have to trust on being able to carry his form with Frenchville to a higher grade of the game.

The Frenchville, Rockhampton and Central Queensland star heads to Brisbane for two matches and then to Albury, New South Wales, for the Australian Country Championship.

“It’s a lot of cricket,” Wells admitted.

During the two weeks he is away, Wells and his team-mates will play three Twenty20 matches, three one-day games and also three 100-overs matches.

Despite being the only player from CQ to gain selection, Wells said he will play with a group he knows quite well.

“There are eight in the team from North Queensland,” he said.

Added to that, he has played Country cricket before with all but one of the players from further south.

Wells believes the Queensland team will again be hard to beat at the carnival.

“It is a pretty good unit, probably our batting is strongest as we bat right down the order,” he said.

If there is a weakness it is the lack of a tried and tested strike bowler.

“Luke Feldman has made the step up to the Bulls,” he said.

Nevertheless in their bowling armoury will be a couple of spin bowlers and so Wells hopes the Albury wicket, in particular, will suit their skills.

The past few years have been a roller-coaster ride for Wells’s Queensland Country aspirations as he was overlooked as an opening bat for last year’s carnival, despite being the best performed, and then returned to favour as captain with senior players Brian May and Darren Frakes no longer available.

It is a challenge Wells is certainly up for and one made more difficult as the Australian Country Championship has a new format with teams playing three styles of the game instead of just the 100-over matches.

Wells has another personal challenge.

“I’m playing at number four, it’s a new role and a bit exciting,” the Frenchville opener said.

“A bit more of a challenge especially in Twenty20 and one day.”

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