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Bulls coach favours spin in Twenty20

Queensland coach Terry Oliver believes spin bowling could play a major role in slowing down the run-rate during Friday night's Twenty20 match against Tasmania at the Gabba.

Queensland coach Terry Oliver believes spin bowling could play a major role in slowing down the run-rate during Friday night's Twenty20 match against Tasmania at the Gabba.

Oliver, who included two front-line spinners in his team, said the ability to move fieldsman along the boundary in front of square - rather than behind it - would be an important tactic for the Bulls.

Queensland selectors picked off-spinners Chris Simpson and Nathan Hauritz for the clash against the Tigers.

Rookie batsman Steve Paulsen also adds another slow bowling option for the hosts.

Oliver said the expected onslaught of boundaries in the Bulls' first taste of the shortened game could, surprisingly, be halted by spinners.

"The spinners allow you to have two extra outfielders because you don't need your third man or your fine leg," he said.

"We can put those men in front of the wicket in catching positions.

"Nathan Hauritz has been very good for us in one-day cricket because he varies his pace and changes his line slightly.

"It's an important part of our one-day cricket - having spin there - and the fact you've got those two extra catchers in front of the wicket is a bonus because they can stop the boundary as well."

While Oliver's theory is technically correct, it could prove fatal for Queensland, especially if the big-hitting Tasmanian batting order takes advantage of the shorter boundaries on offer.

Oliver nominated power hitters Dane Anderson and Travis Birt, as well as skipper Michael Di Venuto, as the Tigers' dangermen.

Anderson and Birt are two of seven players in the visitors' squad under the age of 25, with state selectors keen to use the two Twenty20 games as virtual selection trials.

The Bulls will blood fast bowler Nathan Rimmington against the Tigers with allrounder Michael Buchanan, the son of Australian coach John, and Derek Tate set to debut in Sydney on Sunday.

"There are a few young guys who have been given a guernsey that wouldn't get a game for Queensland in the ING Cup games at this stage," Oliver said.

"It gives us a chance to look at them and gives them a chance to look at first-class facilities, first-class wickets, first-class umpires and the way a first-class team prepares.

"Even though they're in the squad they're not in the firing line as far as match preparation goes."

Queensland: Jimmy Maher (capt), James Hopes, Craig Philipson, Nathan Reardon, Chris Simpson, Steve Paulsen, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, Andy Bichel, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Rimmington, Michael Buchanan (12th man).

Tasmania: Michael Di Venuto (capt), Dane Anderson, George Bailey, Travis Birt, Rhett Lockyear, Xavier Doherty, Adam Griffith, Ben Hilfenhaus, Darren McNees, Tim Paine, Adam Polkinghorne, Shannon Tubb.

source - theage.com.au
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