VIDEO: Bazley’s Bulls run may lift Scorchers
CRICKET: The Sunshine Coast Scorchers could be the beneficiaries of a driven James Bazley, with the 19-year-old all-rounder keen to press his Bulls' credentials again this season.
After representing Australia at the Under-19 World Cup and locking down a Bulls rookie contract, Bazley played against touring Indian side Madhya Pradesh at Buderim yesterday and said he was looking forward to a hectic season.
"I'm full-time training with them (the Bulls) during the week and still playing for the Scorchers up here on Saturdays, which is good," he said.
"There's definitely chances (to crack the Brisbane Heat one-dayer squad too), but it comes from obviously playing well each week for your club team, so that's my main focus.
"I'll be playing for the Scorchers ... and if that comes (elevation to the Bulls' first XI) then that's a bonus, but it's been really good just training with the professional team, learning as much as I can and working hard."
Bazley, who is recovering from a back injury over winter, said he had been shadowing Bulls skipper James Hopes at training, hoping to replicate the wily, veteran all-rounder.
"I want to kind of mould myself to be an all-round player like he has been for many years and done it so well, so I'm trying to learn off him a little bit and all the other guys as well," Bazley said.
"The coach, Stuart Law, is really helpful as well."
Bazley is expected to bat in the top five or six this season, in a team packed with plenty of batting but a little light on bowling stocks, according to Scorchers coach Brad Murphy.
"We're a bit down on bowling depth at the moment, but it might give a couple of young blokes an opportunity," Murphy said.
"We're going to have to set big totals."
Madhya Pradesh coach Brijesh Tomar praised the Scorchers for providing his side with a good hitout yesterday after tough games in Mackay earlier in their tour.
"Yeah, it's been a very good trip for us - we played some excellent cricket and the main purpose for our team was playing in good conditions and different conditions," Tomar said.
"That type of wicket (bouncier) is not in India, so in Australia they (his under-19 and under-22 players) play and learn a lot of things, how to play on bouncy wickets, how to play on fast wickets."
The Scorchers had a rocky start to their warm-up games, capitulating to be all out for 158 in reply to Madhya Pradesh's 242 off 50 overs.