Usman Khawaja plays a pull shot on the first day of the Fifth Test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Tom Cooper believes Khawaja has a big role in the future of the Australian team.
Usman Khawaja plays a pull shot on the first day of the Fifth Test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Tom Cooper believes Khawaja has a big role in the future of the Australian team. AAP

Only need a draw to make final Khawaja’s the danger man

SUNSHINE Coast all-rounder James Bazley is unlikely to bowl in this weekend's Queensland Premier Grade semi-final against Valley but he's confident the rest of the Scorchers attack can do a number on Queensland and Test batsman Usman Khawaja.

Hot prospect Bazley was one of Australia's top bowlers at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, but a back injury is set to cruel his chances of rolling the arm over at John Blanck Oval, Buderim.

"It's a bit of a shame but hopefully I'll get some runs and we've still got a great bowling attack. I still believe we'll play well and get the job done," he said.

The Scorchers would have welcomed his services with the ball, especially against Khawaja.

The 27-year-old has played nine Tests for Australia - the most recent against England in August - and this season has averaged more than 50 for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.

But Bazley said his fellow bowlers can get the job done without him.

"They will be looking to build pressure on him.... execute their skills and get Usman out cheaply," he said. "And all of our bowlers have bowled well this season."

Indeed, Steven Heise, Ben Smith and Alecz Day have been impressive but it could be Ashley Renouf who would be most likely to get the prized wicket and an early breakthrough in the two-day clash.

Renouf has bagged 38 wickets at 17.16 across all formats this campaign.

"He's been swinging it both ways and has been bowling in good areas with the new ball and getting that movement early on in the innings, which has played a big part (to the side finishing second on the ladder)," Bazley said.

THE Scorchers need only a draw against the third-placed Valley outfit, which will also include leading Queensland paceman Luke Feldman, to secure a spot in the decider against either minor premier University of Queensland or Gold Coast Dolphins.

"This is a big occasion and one we're all very excited about," Bazley said of the club's first finals appearance since 2005/2006, when it claimed its sole title.

And although Bazley is unlikely to bowl and better his average of 21.15, he is eager to make up for it with the bat.

"I'm definitely keen to get out there and score some runs," he said.

"I've been batting quite well all year (27.29 average) so hopefully a few things fall my way and I get some runs.

"But we've got a great batting team and we will all be looking to get some runs."

Bazley was this week awarded a full scholarship to the National Cricket Centre, following his efforts at the U19 World Cup.

SCORCHERS: N Carruthers, N Selman, J Henry, A Day, J Bazley, B Maher, P Dein, G Flegler, B Smith. S Heise, A Renouf.

GAME DAY

SUNSHINE COAST v VALLEY

Today and tomorrow, John Blanck Oval, Buderim, 10.30am