Queensland bolwer Alister McDermott smiles after taking a wicket on day 3 of the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and New South Wales at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Friday, Nov. 15 2013.
Queensland bolwer Alister McDermott smiles after taking a wicket on day 3 of the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and New South Wales at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Friday, Nov. 15 2013. AAP Image - Dave Hunt

Forgotten man Alister McDermott to work hard for recall

HE WAS hailed as the next big thing at the Brisbane Heat and Queensland Bulls, but fast bowler Alister McDermott has become the forgotten man in the teal and maroon so far this season.

McDermott has yet to play for either team this summer, instead biding his time in the Brisbane grade competition for

Wynnum-Manly where he has taken 23 wickets at 17.87 runs.

Left-arm West Australian quick Ryan Duffield has been brought into the Heat team as an opening bowler for the BBL 04 campaign, but has taken just four wickets at 33.75.

McDermott, who took 23 wickets for the Heat in his first three BBL campaigns, said while he would love to be playing, he didn't feel hard done by having to watch the first four games of the campaign.

"I don't feel unlucky - of course I'd love to be out there and helping to win some games for the boys," the 23-year-old told APN.

"But there's a pecking order and the guys playing are in good form."

McDermott, the son of Australian fast bowling legend Craig McDermott, said he hoped some more wickets in club games would help his cause.

"I've had a good season so far in club cricket. I've taken a few poles and some five-fors," he said.

"Getting a game might be just around the corner, so I know I have to keep working hard."

He also said he was hopeful the team could bounce back from the loss to the Adelaide Strikers when it takes on the Scorchers in Perth on Thursday night, and then hosts the Sydney Sixers at the Gabba on Sunday night.



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