Harris’ help gives Cutting his chance
QUEENSLAND all-rounder Ben Cutting is thanking veteran Australian Test star Ryan Harris for earning him a spot on the plane to Zimbabwe.
Cutting will travel there with the Australian One-Day International squad to play in a triangular series, also featuring South Africa, starting later this month.
His recent form for Australia A against India A, South Africa A and the National Performance Squad earned him the trip to Africa, after admitting he wasn't quite up to scratch last summer.
"I was carrying hamstring injuries then, and my pace dropped as a result, from 140kmh to the mid-120s," Cutting told APN.
"When you're carrying injuries as a bowler, you don't trust your body as much as you need to.
"But I've worked on some changes with Ryan Harris over the winter and I'm feeling good now, and excited to tour."
Cutting's figures at Sheffield Shield level last summer did not meet his high standards, taking 15 wickets in six matches at 38.80 a piece.
That was in contrast to the 22 wickets at 18.82, from five matches, that he took in the four-day competition in the 2012/13 season.
He is also hoping his form in the one-day arena will reach its former lofty heights, after snaring 10 wickets at 29.70 in the Ryobi Cup in 2013/14.
Cutting's figures for Australia A over seven matches recently suggested the Brisbane man could have found his feet again, taking 19 wickets at 24.84.
And he showed how damaging he can be with the bat against quality attacks, smashing 96 from 117 balls against Umesh Yadav and the India A team.
"It hasn't been about learning anything new with the bat - I know I've got a good technique so it's just a matter of getting it together across all formats," Cutting said.
"I'm happy with the way the ball's coming out now and I'm hitting the ball well too."
Cutting knows more good performances in Zimbabwe won't do his chances of earning a spot in the Australian team, for the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, starting next February, any harm.
"But there's still a lot of cricket to come between now and then, while I'm sure some injuries to other guys will open up some opportunities for guys like me," Cutting said.