Law’s backing Cutting to one day be Test star
QUEENSLAND Bulls coach Stuart Law would love to see his in-form fast bowling all-rounder Ben Cutting play Test cricket for Australia one day.
Australia's squad for the first Test at the Gabba next week is to be named today, and Cutting has been touted as being a possible candidate alongside Tasmania's Ben Hilfenhaus and South Australia's Chadd Sayers to be the fourth seamer.
Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson are certainties to be the pace attack in Brisbane with all being rested from this week's round of Sheffield Shield matches.
Who will join them will be revealed today, and as much as Law would be stoked to see Cutting's name in it, he told APN he doesn't think it will be.
"Mate, he's done nothing wrong this season, but I just think he is considered as more of a one-day player at the moment," said Law, who scored an unbeaten 54 not out in his only Test innings against Sri Lanka in 1995.
"I have no doubt he has what it takes to bowl at Test level and bat at eight or nine as well.
"He bowls quick, he has the ability to block up an end and he can swing the ball - he has all the attributes needed to perform at the highest level and he proved that while bowling against England for Australia A in Hobart.
"I just don't think it is his time yet, but hey, I am not a national selector, so who knows what will happen.
"I'd love to be proved wrong."
All-rounder James Faulkner or his Tasmanian teammate, batsman Alex Doolan, loom as likely cover for the injured Shane Watson.
Law said the inclusion of Doolan would be for good reason, and would be a move which could help regain the Ashes. "I'd want to stack the middle-order with right-handed batsmen to negate the threat of England off-spinner Graeme Swann," Law said.
"He (Swann) spells danger for our left-handers, so that means Usman (Khawaja) and Shaun (Marsh) will struggle to get a go in the series."
But it's not only the middle order that Law believes is the key to Australia's success this summer. He's backing opener David Warner to deliver at the top.
"People say he has a lack of technique against the new ball, but who needs that when you have the ability to hit the ball like he can," Law said.
"He can tear an attack apart and take the game away from you inside the first hour or less.
"It doesn't have to look pretty or textbook."
POSSIBLE SQUAD: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, James Faulkner, Ben Hilfenhaus, Alex Doolan.