Bulls aiming to surprise Bushrangers
The KFC Big Bash get's under way at the Gabba on Monday night with the Queensland Bulls looking to start their campaign with a victory over last years losing finalists the Victorian Bushrangers.
The Bulls reached last seasons Big Bash Preliminary Final before getting knocked out by the Bushrangers after a 6 wicket defeat at the Gabba.
Andrew Symonds will spearhead the Bulls batting attack alongside James Hopes and last years Big Bash leading run scorer Lee Carseldine. The Bulls will name a strong bowling line up and will pick from pace bowlers Nathan Rimmington, Ben Cutting, Alister McDermott, Ben Laughlin and Ryan Harris.
The Bushrangers, winners of the first three KFC Big Bash titles will be looking to end the year with a victory as they look to seek qualification for next years Twenty20 Champions league.
Kiwi batman Ross Taylor will make a one off appearance for the Bushrangers at the Gabba before moving on to New Zealand to play for Central Districts in the HRV Cup Twenty20 competition.
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Justin Vaughan said Taylors appearance was a great opportunity. "The fact that Ross was over there on holiday, and was approached by Victoria - it's an ideal chance for him to get a taste of another big international competition".
Taylor was signed as a last minute replacement for Pakistani Sohail Tanvir who withdrew from the Bushrangers squad in order to rest after picking up a knee injury.