Cricketer prepares for change of pace
CRICKET: An unfortunate injury to Queensland Country's opening bowler could mean a role change for Shaun McCarthy.
McCarthy, who is in Geraldton, Western Australia for the Australian Country Cricket Championships, may open the bowling after injury struck Townsville fast bowler Justin Dixon.
Opening the bowling for Queensland in their practice match against the University of Western Australian, Dixon was struck down.
Dixon, who will undergo surgery in Perth, was on his fourth ball when it came flying back at him and fractured his hand.
This is McCarthy's fifth consecutive year in the side and he knows his role inside out.
"It might change a little bit now. I'll try and adapt to whatever is needed for the team,” he said.
As Wests opener, it won't be too much of a change for him.
"Although it's a very different quality of cricket (but) if that's what I need to do,” he said.
"It doesn't matter whether it's the first over of the end of an innings I'll try my best.”
Queensland's campaign for a back to back victory begins today with a Twenty20 match against East Asia Pacific.
"T20 is their style of game so it's a difficult team first up,” McCarthy said.
"They love to hit the ball, they're really attacking cricketers.
"They will try and hit it as far as they can which means they could lose a lot of wickets quite quickly.”
Ten players from last year's winning team return to the side this year with two debutantes.
One of those debutantes is former Toowoomba player and Gold Coast keeper Chris Hall.
After getting a bat in the practice match he said couldn't wait for his Qld Country debut.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
"I just want to do my part right and get the team going behind the stumps - that's my job.”