Luke Pomersbach is now playing with Queensland. Photo: Paul Kane
QUEENSLAND coach Darren Lehmann says Luke Pomersbach has overcome his mental demons and is ready to reclaim his position as one of Australia's most exciting batsmen.
Pomersbach, named to make his Bulls debut in Sunday's one-day clash with NSW at Manuka Oval, battled depression, drugs and alcohol before signing a one-year deal with Queensland in July.
The 28-year-old, who was plucked from the WACA car park to make his international Twenty20 debut in 2007 when Brad Hodge hurt his back pulling on a pair of trousers, has been in fine form in grade cricket in Brisbane and blasted a big century last weekend.
Lehmann says the off-field troubles which ended Pomersbach's career with Western Australia are behind him.
''He's in a really good place off the field,'' Lehmann said. ''There are pretty strong guidelines, obviously, when you take someone like Luke on. But from our point of view he's been fantastic.
''He's gone through a lot of things off the field, more so than anything else. We're really pleased with the way he's been. Since he's been with us there have been no dramas whatsoever.
''I hope he goes well and he has a long career with us.''
Lehmann said Pomersbach was more than capable of resurrecting his career, reminding everyone of how powerful he can be in the shorter forms of the game.
''When I see him in the nets he still has it,'' Lehmann said. ''He's been hitting the ball well and playing well at club level and that's what you've got to do to get into the side.''
The clash looms as an important one for both sides, with NSW sitting in last spot with one win from three games while Queensland has two wins from four.
Blues captain Stephen O'Keefe said NSW was desperate to exact some revenge on the Bulls following last week's humiliating 110-run defeat.
''Definitely, that was extremely disappointing from our point of view and I guess it's what you try to learn out of these [losses],'' he said. ''If you dwell too much on your past experiences of not winning, or even winning, you lose sight of what's going to happen in the next couple of games.
''There's still a long way to go in both competitions and the only thing we can control is how we prepare for the next game.''