Marnus Labuschagne and James Peirson to play for Redlands Tigers as Sheffield Shield clash, test summer looms

REDLANDS Tigers will welcome back Ashes hero Marnus Labuschagne and Queensland Bulls wicketkeeper-batsman James Peirson this weekend for a clash with Toombul.

SKIPPER: Queensland Bulls wicketkeeper-batsman James Peirson in action for club side Redlands Tigers. He will captain the Queensland Bulls next week. Photo: Doug O'Neill.

SKIPPER: Queensland Bulls wicketkeeper-batsman James Peirson in action for club side Redlands Tigers. He will captain the Queensland Bulls next week. Photo: Doug O'Neill.

It will serve as good preparation for the returning pros who will play a Sheffield Shield match for Queensland against Victoria at the MCG three days later.

Peirson has been named as captain for the clash in place of Usman Khawaja, who will be away captaining Australia A in a three-day tour match against Pakistan at Perth.

The dynamic duo will be up against stiff opposition on their Redlands Tigers returns at Oxenham Park, including former Australian opener Matt Renshaw and explosive Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn.

It will be the first time Labuschagne has pulled on his club colours since his scintillating Ashes debut where he drew comparisons to Steve Smith.

Sam Heazlett will miss the Toombul clash and the Shield match as he continues to recover from a broken finger which he suffered while batting in the nets before a match at the Gabba last month.

He is on the mend and is expected to return to the field within the next few weeks.

Allrounder James Bazley will play for Redlands just days on from his return to the the Queensland set-up with the state's second XI side.

He earned his selection on the back of a stellar start to the club season where he amassed 227 runs across the one and two-day formats at an average of 55.

The allrounder made the most of his return to capture 3/27 from 12 overs in the first innings and 4/45 from 20 overs in the second.

The match, which was played against Tasmania at Hobart, also featured former Redlands Tigers allrounder and premiership winner Simon Milenko, who scored 66 before falling to Bazley.

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