Damien Martyn looms as a dangerman for the Bulls in the Pura Cup clash.
Damien Martyn looms as a dangerman for the Bulls in the Pura Cup clash.

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Martyn dangerman for Bulls

BRISBANE (AAP): Queensland has declared Damien Martyn the dangerman ahead of its Pura Cup match against West Australia as the former Test batsman looks to overcome a week of personal angst.

Martyn found himself embroiled in controversy earlier this week after a public slanging match with former fiancee Helen Appleyard and some of her friends made national headlines.

The incident continued a downward spiral for Martyn following his unceremonious dumping from the Australian Test squad after its humbling Ashes defeat to England.

He has since featured in two Pura Cup games for the Warriors, scoring 65 runs at 16.25, before a painful finger injury kept him on the sidelines for a month.

The Bulls, however, remain wary of the 61-Test veteran who is desperate for a return to the international arena.

Queensland captain Jimmy Maher doubted whether Martyn's most recent off-field incident would affect his performance at the Gabba.

"It could, but I think a player of his class and experience, he'd know how to compartmentalise, worry about that off the field and go out and worry about playing cricket on the field," Maher said.

"He's been through tough times before where selections or things that happen that can affect your game and he's come out and done a good job.

"So he's going to be a very crucial part of their team, no matter what's happened on or off the field."

Maher and Bulls paceman Michael Kasprowicz said Martyn's return from injury would give the struggling Warriors a boost.

The Warriors (2 points) have suffered four successive outright defeats this season but bounced back last week with a morale-boosting win over the touring South African team in Perth.



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