MOTIVATED: Matthew Dunn has arrived in Ipswich to help the Hornets and further his own cricketing ambitions.
MOTIVATED: Matthew Dunn has arrived in Ipswich to help the Hornets and further his own cricketing ambitions. Inga Williams

Dunn is doing all he can to develop skill

MATT Dunn has chosen a good week to make his debut for the Ipswich Logan Hornets - if the weather holds.

The Surrey county cricketer has been subbed into day two of the Hornets match against Sandgate Redcliffe at Deagon today.

The Hornets have 383 runs on the board after day one with five wickets still in the bank, though a declaration appears likely before the resumption.

Dunn has only been in Australia since Monday but there is no wiping the smile off his face.

"I love it so far," he said.

"It's great to come and help a developing club."

Dunn sees similarities with his county side Surrey, whom he helped earn promotion to the top division next season with 28 wickets at 35.14.

"My team back home is similar to Ipswich," Dunn said.

"It's quite a young side, which is only finding its feet now.

"It would be good if I can help some young guys coming through."

At 23, Dunn remains a young guy himself.

But his county cricket experience, combined with England under-15, under-17, under-19 and England Lions representation means he has a wealth of knowledge to pass on.

Nor is Dunn stepping into the unknown when it comes to Australian conditions and grade cricket.

It is Dunn's second taste of Australian club cricket after a season in Adelaide two years ago.

So he knows more than a bit about hard, flat decks and toiling away under a 38 degree sun all day.

He credits it with raising his bowling to county standard when he returned home.

"I really enjoyed it," Dunn said.

"It really helped me playing out there.

"I broke into the Surrey first team from there.

Not blessed with the height of a Stuart Broad or Glenn McGrath, Dunn grew up idolising Aussie fast bowlers like Brett Lee and Andy Bichel, as well as fellow Surrey bowler Martin Bicknell

He hopes another season out here can help his progression to what will hopefully one day be a full England debut.

"I've got a good understanding of my game now,' he said.

"It's the little one percenters that make the difference.

"So I want to do a lot of work with Andy Bichel and become more street-wise.

"That's why I came here, because it's really competitive cricket.

"You've got to challenge yourself. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in."

Dunn did not wish to talk up his pace, though the speed gun would indicate he will have batsmen hopping when he is on song.

However, it is his control, rather than pure pace, with which he backs himself to take wickets.

"I just look to hit a good length over after over," he said.

"I naturally swing the ball away and I don't like to over-complicate things."


Matthew Dunn: Right arm fast bowler from Addlestone Surrey (30km south west of London)

1st class record:

31 matches, 94 wickets, average - 33.43, best bowling 5-48.

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