Queensland party time put on hold
BIG-hitting Queensland Bulls all-rounder Ben Cutting and his teammates didn't party hard after beating New South Wales in the Ryobi Cup final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.
It was all rather tame when it came to celebrating the five-wicket triumph as the Queenslanders went back-to-back and defended their crown in style.
But Cutting, who smashed an unbeaten 41 off only 21 balls, an innings laced with four massive sixes, told APN there was a good reason behind the muted celebrations - the Bulls want to hit the ground running in tomorrow's Sheffield Shield opener against South Australia in Adelaide.
"We just had a quiet beer and a meal," said Cutting, who finished the tournament averaging 97.5 with the bat and with the best strike rate in it - an impressive 174.11.
"There's no doubt winning the Cup was a great way to start the season, and it feels surreal that we have already won something and it's only October.
"But, we have no intention of being satisfied with having only that trophy in the cabinet come the end of the season."
Nine of the victorious 15-man squad involved in the Ryobi Cup are in Adelaide and they will be joined by batsmen Joe Burns and Peter Forrest and leg-spinner Cameron Boyce.
Cutting said he was looking forward to reuniting himself with a red ball after spending the past couple of months using a white one in the Champions League T20 in India and the Ryobi Cup.
"I've almost forgotten what one looks like it has been that long," he said with a laugh.
"It will be great to get one in my hands and bowl with it - it will be far more relaxing than trying to bowl yorkers or low full tosses like we have been doing of late."
Cutting's batting partner during the win against NSW, Chris Lynn, won't feature against SA in Glenelg.
He has been named in the WA Chairman's XI for the three-day tour-opener against England at the WACA in Perth, starting Thursday.
Meanwhile, Australian captain Michael Clarke is set to make an unexpected early return to action for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield season opener against Tasmania tomorrow.
He has not played since scoring 75 in the fifth ODI win against England at Southampton on September 16 due to his troublesome back.