Peirson will lead the Bulls for the match starting on Friday at the WACA.
The Redlands product joins an illustrious list of glovemen to lead Queensland, stretching from the State’s first Sheffield Shield captain Leo O’Connor through the likes of Don Tallon, Wally Grout, Lew Cooper, John Maclean, Ian Healy and Chris Hartley.
Peirson said today he was honoured to be invited to lead the Bulls, coming in his first full season of first class cricket since taking over as the State’s No.1 gloveman in the wake of Hartley’s retirement.
“I didn’t expect it, but I am excited rather than daunted by the role that’s been offered to me while Usman is away playing for Australia,’’ he said.
“I enjoy captaining teams and have been fortunate to have had that opportunity all the way along in my career so far,’’ he said.
“We’ve got some tight bonds in our playing and leadership group which are tied together by the baggy maroon and that gives me plenty of encouragement for what lies ahead.”
“I’ve been around some great leaders in our group and also the Brisbane Heat so I’ve tried to take the lessons I’ve learned from being around them to shape my approach to captaincy. It’s a big game for us in Perth and I know we’re very determined to bounce back after the game against NSW.”
QC Chairman of Selectors Justin Sternes said Peirson was a clear choice for the role.
“Jimmy has been a leader of the teams he has played in all the way through the Youth Pathway system and with his Premier Club and also the QAS team in the Future League where we claimed back-to-back titles under his captaincy,’’ he said.
“He has been a member of our leadership group on and off the field and has acquitted himself very favourably. We know he will have the complete support of the playing group and the coaching staff,’’ Sternes said.
Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters congratulated Peirson on his appointment.
“Jimmy is an outstanding player and has demonstrated admirable qualities on the field as well as away from it,’’ he said.
“I have no doubt he will tackle the task with professionalism and determination and we look forward to supporting him and the Bulls as they perform on the field this summer,’’ Walters said.
The Bulls have included Sandgate-Redcliffe batsman Charlie Hemphrey as the replacement for Khawaja, while pace bowler Cameron Gannon has also been named in the 13-man squad to travel to Perth on Wednesday.
Hemphrey scored a match-winning century for the Queensland Academy of Sport in their Toyota Futures League 2nd XI match against Tasmania last week.
JLT Sheffield Shield, round 4
my FootDr Queensland Bulls v WA, WACA; Fri – Mon:
James Peirson (c)