Todd Wells recalled to open team
CRICKET: A more relaxed approach towards his cricket has paid off for Rockhampton cricket star Todd Wells.
Wells, 31, has been recalled to the Queensland Country open team as well as being appointed captain for next year’s Australian Country Championships at Albury-Wodonga.
The opening batsman, captaining North Queensland for the first time, led from the front in their annual selection trial against South Queensland in Townsville at the weekend.
Wells top-scored with 104 in North Queensland’s successful run-chase of 9/305 after bundling out their southern counterparts for 235 in the 100-over match.
The Frenchville, Rockhampton and Central Queensland skipper said yesterday he was delighted to be back in the Queensland Country team and honoured to be named captain.
Wells missed out on selection in last year’s Queensland Country side after three straight years in the team.
“I’m pretty stoked,” the local school teacher grinned.
“My big goal this year was to try and get back in the team after missing out last year.”
Wells said a change in his training methods by spending less time in the nets and getting back to basics had reaped rewards.
North Queensland coach, Moura-based Andrew Selff, said Wells deserved every opportunity to captain at a higher level.
“I’m very pleased for Todd. He’s put a lot of work into Frenchville, Rockhampton and CQ cricket,” Selff said.
Wells will depart for the Australian Country Championships on December 31 where the team will play the Queensland Bulls second XI in Twenty20 and 50-over warm-up games in Brisbane.
The Australian Country Championships swing into action from January 3.