Burns believes Bulls missing out on All Stars a good sign
EMERGING Queensland batsman Joe Burns says the fact no Bulls players were selected in the All Stars four-day team of the year announced yesterday is a good omen.
Incredibly, no Brisbane Heat players made the All Stars team for the Big Bash League despite winning that competition, and no Bulls players were named in the one day team of the year which Queensland also won.
"It's not disappointing, especially when you see those teams picked are very good," Burns said.
"I think it just shows how well our team has performed as a unit across all forms of the game - we don't rely on just one or two players."
The Bulls will have the chance to secure an extraordinary hat-trick when they take on Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield final starting at Hobart's Blundstone Arena tomorrow.
While the Queenslanders were overlooked in the All Stars voting, the Tigers were buoyed by the selection of five players in the team.
The competition's leading run scorer Ricky Ponting (875 runs at 87.56), forgotten opening batsman Mark Cosgrove, allrounder Luke Butterworth, quick Jackson Bird and batsman Alex Doolan were all named.
Queensland's depth has been highlighted in its fast bowling ranks where Ryan Harris and Cameron Gannon will carry the load in the absence of injured pair Alister McDermott (back) and Ben Cuttting (groin).
Allrounder and captain James Hopes is a 50/50 proposition, with his wife due to give birth at any moment.
Burns, this season's Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, said wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Hartley would have no trouble leading the team if Hopes didn't play.
"Harts has done it all before. He has over 90 first class games of experience, and he showed how well he can step up with that hundred he scored in last year's final," Burns said.
Burns also said the battle between Harris and Ponting could go a long way toward determing the outcome of the match.
"There are a number of key match-ups. Harris and Ponting is one of those. The winner of this game could come down to one big contribution from someone," Burns said.
ALL STARS TEAM (4-day series)
- Chris Rogers (Vic)
- Phil Hughes (SA)
- Alex Doolan (Tas)
- Ricky Ponting (Tas - capt)
- Callum Ferguson (SA)
- Moises Henriques (NSW)
- Brad Haddin (NSW - v-capt)
- Ashton Agar (WA)
- Luke Butterworth (WA)
- Chadd Sayers (WA)
- Jackson Bird (WA)
- Mark Cosgrove (WA)