Reardon called up to state cricket squad

BRISBANE, AAP - Rookie Queensland batsman Nathan Reardon has vowed not to let his high-profile teammates down after being drafted into the Bulls' squad for Friday's ING season opener against NSW. Reardon was told by Queensland chairman of selectors Ray Phillips on Tuesday night that he would be making his debut at the Gabba after all-rounder Chris Simpson was ruled out with a side strain. The former Gladstone product said he was still pinching himself over the call-up to face the Blues but would look to play his 'natural game' if he gets an opportunity. Reardon, who works as a landscape gardener between training sessions, is likely to be named as the Bulls' inaugural Super Sub following the introduction of several new rules to the one-day game.

Under the new rules, both teams are asked to nominate a Super Sub who can bat or bowl, but not if the player he replaces has already been dismissed or bowled their allotted overs. Reardon said the butterflies were yet to kick in despite his remarkable rise within the ranks of Queensland Cricket.

He was hardly on the domestic radar at the start of last year and only managed to secure a rookie contract for this season, but will be surrounded by the likes of Andrew Symonds, Jimmy Maher, Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz on Friday.

'I've been speaking to everyone this morning and they've just told me to go out and play my natural game,' Reardon said after dropping the gardening tools for five minutes.

'They've given me my role which is to go out and bat so at this stage I'm not really nervous and there's no real expectations. I won't be letting the boys down.'

Reardon has already experienced the competition's new rules. The 20-year-old played as a Super Sub against Sri Lanka A during a recent tour of India and Sri Lanka by a Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence squad.

He has doubts, however, over whether lessons learned from that game will help him against NSW.

'I don't reckon it'll have anything to do with it,' he said.

'I've got no control over it pretty much. It's up to the captain whether I play or not.'

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