Wells to try for Qld country team
LEADING Rockhampton cricketer Todd Wells will take a different approach to chasing Queensland Country selection in Cairns this weekend.
The injured Frenchville, Rockhampton, Central Queensland and North Queensland captain will join his northern teammates in Cairns today ahead of the state's annual Queensland Country selection trial against South Queensland at Cazaly's Stadium, starting tomorrow.
Still sidelined with a broken hand, the experienced Wells has assumed coaching duties of the North Queensland team looking to record a hat-trick of wins in the 96-over two-day match.
Wells, 33, has produced match-winning knocks for the North Queensland team on his way to Queensland Country selection in the past two clashes with South Queensland, blasting top scores of 94 and 104 in recent seasons.
With the Queensland Country team named after stumps on Sunday, Wells is hoping to convince selectors over the course of the weekend he will be fit for the upcoming Australian Country Championships, which will be held in Geelong from January 1.
"It's feeling really good at the moment," said Wells, who had surgery on his left hand three weeks ago after injuring it in the field for CQ in the finals of the North Queensland Championships in Mackay.
"I can basically grip the bat now but can't do too much with it.
"Hopefully I'm going to convince the selectors this weekend I'll be ready."
While Wells will literally go in to bat for himself in Cairns, the real test will be on his return to the crease for Frenchville's final round PFD Cup match before the Christmas break against Norths, played over two weekends starting on December 10.
Wells, one of Queensland Country's top performers at last year's national championships in Bunbury, WA, will be joined in Cairns by CQ teammate, Gladstone's Matthew Inwood.
Left-handed middle-order batsman Inwood will be aiming to make the step up to the Queensland Country open ranks after earning Queensland Country under-19 selection in 2008.