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SIMPLE APPROACH: Cricketer Rhys O’Sullivan is sticking to a proven plan this weekend.
SIMPLE APPROACH: Cricketer Rhys O’Sullivan is sticking to a proven plan this weekend. Sarah Harvey

RHYS O'Sullivan won't overcomplicate things in his debut for South Queensland Country this weekend.

South Queensland Country takes on North Queensland for the annual Country Cup at Allan Border Field today and tomorrow.

"I'm pretty relaxed now," the 20-year-old said.

O'Sullivan had his nerves settled last weekend playing for the Ipswich Invitational team against the touring Queensland Bulls Masters.

"It was a good test playing against big names like Andy Bichel and Jimmy Maher," he said.

"I seemed to bowl pretty tight."

O'Sullivan went for just five runs from his three overs. He is hoping for a similarly frugal return against North Queensland.

"The plan is to bowl outside off, at about fourth stump," he said.

"I'll be trying to keep it full and bring everything into play - lbw, edge and bowled.

"If they get on top because I'm bowling too full, I've just got to bring it back a bit."

O'Sullivan sticks to similar tactics each game.

"I don't want to change anything too much," he said.

"I just try and keep it simple."

It is the mantra of many a successful fast bowler, with Glen McGrath the chief exponent of the KISS (keep it simple stupid) philosophy.

O'Sullivan's other bowling philosophy is to go flat out.

"I just want to go out, do my best for South Queensland and hopefully bring home the cup," he said. "I'll go at 100 percent for as long as I can."

Last year South Queensland won the cup under the captaincy of O'Sullivan's Central Districts' skipper Ben O'Connell, ending three years of dominance by the north.

Having O'Connell in charge this weekend is a further boost to the young fast bowler's confidence.

"He knows where my fields are," O'Sullivan said. "He'll just come up and say 'bowl normally'."

O'Sullivan is also happy to have fellow Ipswich representative, Brothers all-rounder Craig Cumming, in the team.

"He's been batting really well," O'Sullivan said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him bat. He's just taken off."

O'Sullivan is not holding out for higher honours but admits the thought of representing Queensland Country has entered his head.

The team to contest the national country championships at Bundaberg early in January will be picked following the game.

Last season, Ipswich's Kev Cumming was selected in the Queensland Country squad, only to fall ill and be replaced by fellow Ipswich quick Mark Lehmann.

Before them Mark Sharrad and Michael Sippel proudly represented Queensland Country and O'Sullivan would love nothing more than to continue Ipswich's fast bowling legacy.

"I've just got to bowl really tight and bowl good areas," he said.

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