Gannon planning to be raging Bull
CAMERON Gannon hopes a more aggressive attitude will deliver him a regular position in the Queensland Bulls bowling line-up this summer.
The former Ipswich Grammar School (IGS) product has a new run-up, and a scary new attitude that spells trouble for batsmen.
The 22-year-old honed his skills playing junior cricket with Ipswich Brothers and for IGS in the GPS competition.
He broke into the Bulls line-up last year and has his sights firmly set on more Shield caps this season.
The lanky fast bowler said some pre-season advice from a former Queensland great was the impetus for his new approach.
"Carl Rackemann took me aside at the Bulls camp at Maroochydore and we had a few long chats," he said.
"It resulted in a few major changes to my bowling.
"It was attitude more than anything else and I'm making great strides at the moment.
"Previously I just tried to be a consistent, nibble-away kind of bowler, now I'm hitting the bat a lot harder and trying to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the batsmen."
Gannon's said his line and length approach, modelled on Australian fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath, now included extra aggression.
"I've added a metre to my run-up and attack the crease a lot more, the plan is to make it a lot more uncomfortable for batsman," he said.
Gannon has even put his studies on hold to concentrate on cricket full time.
"I guess you could say I'm putting all of my eggs into one basket at the moment but the hard work seems to be paying off," he said.
"I had a six wicket haul on the opening day of the grade competition this year so that was as good a start as I could have hoped for. Now I've been in the 12 (Queensland Bulls) for the past two games so I must not be going too badly."
Gannon is also returning to his Ipswich roots in the hope of developing more talent in the region.
"I still do a lot of work with Ipswich Grammar," he said.
"I'm hoping to take on a bit of a fast bowling coaching role at the IGS this year for the GPS team.
"I'm just trying to get in there and help out as much as I can."
Gannon will lead the Bulls second XI bowling attack in a four-day match against the ACT Comets at Manuka Oval in Canberra, from today.
After carrying the drinks for the Bulls during the opening round Shield win over Victoria, the affable quick bowler is keen to push his claim for a top grade spot.
"I've had a week off of competitive bowling so now it's just a matter of working hard and getting a whole lot of overs under my belt.
"There's been some big changes this year with Boof (Darren Lehmann) taking over and Trevor Hohns.
"It's really a matter of me going out and proving to them that I'm worthy of selection.
"Nothing else has changed from last year, I still want to play as many games for Queensland as I can."