Well it is that time of year again where all the state guys get really excited. After playing a lot of tough grinding cricket where you are under pressure all the time to hold your own, the big bash allows players to break free from the shackles and express themselves.
We are in Adelaide now preparing for our first match and I don’t think the boys could be better prepared. Personally, I feel great physically and mentally, so I am expecting to post some good scores and hopefully hit a few balls out of the park as well.
I hear Taity is going to be back for the Redbacks for our encounter on Tuesday night. It's like a bull running at you, you've got to try to dodge it somehow. I love facing fast bowlers because the faster it comes at you the further it goes. We have had a good rivalry in the past and while he is a massive threat, I love the challenge of facing him. Bring it on!
We had a great fielding and team building session at Coogee Oval last week and came over early to Adelaide so we would have better access to facilities while the Sydney Test is on.
Speaking of which, I must send out big congratulations to Uzzy Khawaja on his Test debut. Uzzy and I have been playing together for a long time going back to under-12’s when he came over from Penrith to play for South Eastern. We have since come through the NSW junior programs and there is no bloke I can say who deserves it more, so well done mate.
In the last couple of weeks I have been back and forth from New Zealand playing for Northern Districts in their domestic twenty20 tournament. It has been a great experience and although we didn’t make the finals, we had a great bunch of guys and I must say a big thanks to them for having me and making me so welcome. There are a few Aussie guys playing over there now such Binger and Brad Hodge and I think it is something we will see more of as players who are not playing Shield cricket prepare for the Big Bash.
It has been disappointing to not be playing in the four-day team for the Blues but I would just like to clarify that I am completely committed to seeing out my contract. You never know what can happen after that but I want to be a Blues player for life.
Off the field I have recently undertaken the new role of becoming a cricket ambassador for ANZ Stadium. This is a great opportunity for me to interact with fans and encourage them to get out to the games and support cricket at the venue. It's a great partnership becuase in the few innings I have had at the ground, I have always felt like I am going to score runs.
Also I feel like I have to mention that I have been keeping busy with my newly-purchased table tennis table. I am hoping that it is fine-tuning my hand eye and maybe if the cricket falls out I might take up a career on the table, as I am in red-hot form … ok now I am joking …comments powered by Disqus