Ben Hilfenhaus
Ben Hilfenhaus Getty Images Sport / Mark Dadswell

Cricketers hope to impress Ashes selectors in Shield matches

WITH Australia's cricketers copping a caning in India, several Ashes hopefuls will be keen to push their claims for a seat on the plane to England later this year when two crucial Sheffield Shield matches get underway today.

Paceman Ryan Harris starred for the Bulls in the Ryobi Cup final last month, and will play his first Shield match of the season against Tasmania at the Gabba.

Opposite number Ben Hilfenhaus would also fancy his chances in the swing-friendly English conditions, while Tigers keeper Tim Paine must also be a strong chance to join the tour as a back-up to Matthew Wade.

Queensland is in third place on 22 points, just two behind South Australia which hosts the rejuvenated Western Australia.

The Bulls will be determined to improve on their last outing which resulted in an eight-wicket loss to ladder leaders Victoria.

Alister McDermott, Joe Burns and Cameron Burns all return after missing the Bushrangers match due to Australia A commitments.

Tasmania, sitting in fifth place on 18 points, has named debutants Harry Allanby and Jordan Silk.