The Redbacks will then play matches against the National Performance Squad and Tasmania at Maroochydore Cricket Club.

Travis Head speaks about pre-season in Maroochydore

Head will miss the limited-overs tournament to fulfil one-day and T20 duties for the tour of India, but is positive that the first match of the pre-season will play his teammates into form.

“I’m not so worried about Queensland, I’m more worried about ourselves and getting some guys into form going into the one-dayers.

“It’s good for the young guys and the guys who have first year deals to come out and play with the senior guys and hopefully press their place for selection.”

 

Maroochydore turning up for the first day of camp ✅

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One of those rising stars is allrounder Cameron Valente, who took the tournament by storm as the leading wicket-taker with 15 at 16.73 last year, while also finishing the grade cricket season with a batting average of 82.

The right-arm quick is just one of several youngsters to have impressed selectors, with swing bowler Nick Winter and speedster David Grant ready for selection berths.

“We’re really looking forward to getting outdoors and the boys are playing really well and are in really good form at the moment,” Head said.

“I think everyone gets along really well and it’s a very fun environment, hopefully we can turn that fun into some wins over this week and really enjoy cricket.”