Chris Hartley is resting a damaged finger.
Chris Hartley is resting a damaged finger. GETTY IMAGES

Queensland Bulls call up rookie wicketkeeper

YOUNG Redlands wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson will debut for Queensland against New South Wales at North Sydney Oval today, with regular gloveman Chris Hartley opting to rest a damaged finger.

Hartley hurt the finger at the start of Victoria's innings during the Bulls' win last Sunday.

The veteran was in a bit of pain in Tuesday's two-wicket loss to the Tigers and decided to take a rest because of the team's hectic schedule.

Bulls coach Stuart Law said: "Harts is a very important part of our team - it is a long season and he has international aspirations to consider as well.

"He is just having a couple of days' rest."

Peirson, 20, was due to arrive in Sydney yesterday after his shock call-up.

"Cracka (chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns) rang me when I was in heavy traffic on Wynnum Road on the way to club training - it's one of those things I will never forget," Peirson said.

"I've been walking around with a big smile on face … it's unreal."

Peirson was the wicketkeeper and opener in Australia's under-19 World Cup campaign last year.