Youth bringing energy to burn off rivals - paceman
CRICKET: A good team spirit and the exuberance of youth has helped Queensland turn around a poor start to the Sheffield Shield season, says experienced quick bowler Luke Feldman.
The Bulls have been on the end of big beatings by New South Wales and Victoria but close victories over South Australia and Western Australia last week in Townsville, has put the side back on track as it looks towards the break for the Big Bash League.
The team takes on the Warriors in the latest round of Shield games in a day-night clash starting today at the WACA and Feldman said there was a good feeling after those last two tight victories.
The performances of leg-spinner Mitch Swepson and young batters Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett and Marnus Labuschagne have been key to the turnaround but Feldman said it was in other areas where the less experienced Bulls had done well.
"I tell you where they are more impressive is in the field,” he said.
"That youth running around, being able to get up for those big 96-over days day in, day out until that very last ball on day four.
"Having youth in the team that's where it makes most of the difference - in the field.
"When the game gets away from you in your third or fourth spell as a bowler and you still have the young guys chirping in the field it really gets you up.”
And certainly Feldman and fellow quick Peter George have been up and about, claiming 25 wickets between them in the first four Shield games.
"As a bowling unit we haven't really had standout performances, every one has contributed,” he said.
"We are doing the right thing, bowling in partnerships and bowling maidens which is making the wickets come at either end.”
Today's pink-ball clash will be the second in the Shield this season.
Feldman expects the ball to swing, especially with the help of the breeze which gets up at the WACA in the afternoon known as the Fremantle Doctor.
The former policeman said he was hoping the feel-good factor surrounding the team would continue and with the likes of Usman Khawaja and Renshaw back in the side from Test duty.
"It's a real good team vibe to be in,” he said.
"In the past we really relied on those two or three players like the James Hopes to perform with the bat and the ball or we would have a collapse and Chris Hartley would have to be the one to score the hundred or get the hard runs.
"But at the moment everyone is contributing and takes a lot of pressure off.
"You don't want to leave it up to anyone else.”