CRICKET: James Bazley couldn't grasp the opportunity to link with a new Big Bash League side quickly enough.
The 21-year-old Sunshine Coast Scorchers all-rounder jumped at the chance to link with the Hobart Hurricanes this summer and potentially, make his debut in what is fast becoming the country's most popular competition.
He'll first link with his club side for Round 11 of the my FootDr Premier Cricket competition against University of Queensland in Brisbane today.
Bazley said the move had been in the pipeline for the past month, when Hobart contacted his manager to offer him a playing contract for the summer.
"I took it straight away and I'm really excited about it,” Bazley said.
Bazley spent last summer on Brisbane Heat's supplementary list and never received the call-up for a match.
Not that it wasn't through lack of talent, evidenced by his exploits with the bat and ball in his two first-class games for the Cricket Australia XI against the West Indies and South Africa.
And he is intent on nurturing that talent over the next summer with his new franchise but is adamant the move doesn't mean he intends to link with Tasmania in terms of a state contract, as he desperately seeks a Sheffield Shield debut for the Bulls.
"I'm really happy with state cricket in Queensland,” he said.
"I want to try and break into the Shield team but there is some stiff competition.”
Bazley joins the squad, which includes former Heat players and Queenslanders like Dan Christian, Cameron Boyce and Ben McDermott, on December 9.
But he'll be back on the Coast within a week to potentially play in a trial match with his new side against Brisbane Heat at his home ground at Buderim.
"This is full-time on the senior list so it's another step up ... this will be different,” he said.
"I've got more chance of playing this year than ever. I'm going to take the opportunity to try and develop my T20 cricket in a BBL team and around amazing players. If I get games or not, I'm still going to learn and develop.”
Bazley is first eager to help the Scorchers in a crucial match with UQ.
"I think we've been bowling quite well and last week got off to a good start with the bat then 3, 4 and 5 collapsed in a heap,” he said.
"This is a big game before the break so we're looking to put in a good performance and take momentum into the T20s then into the post-Christmas period.”
Bazley said the side strain which prevented him from bowling in the Scorchers' draw with Toombul is on the mend.
"It feels a lot better ... the plan they have is for me to bowl in the T20s,” he said.
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