Gannon makes pup his bunny
CAMERON Gannon doesn't want anything for Christmas.
His wishes came true when he dismissed Australian captain Michael Clarke twice in the Sheffield Shield match that finished Sunday in an outright win for Queensland at Allan Border Field.
"It was very pleasing," the Ipswich Grammar School old boy said.
Gannon had Clarke caught behind on both occasions, for eight in the first innings and 28 in the second.
With a full Bulls contract, a spot in the starting side and figures of 6-77 (2-16 and 4-61) against a strong NSW side, Gannon is just where he wants to be.
But he may have to learn to hide his natural modesty.
He admitted one of his Clarke dismissals was from an accidental leg cutter.
"The first time I bowled the ball about fifth stumpish and he poked at it," Gannon said. "The second time I fell off one and it turned into a leg cutter. I probably shouldn't be saying that."
The ability to dismiss the Aussie captain when things go wrong is a handy trait but Gannon does not consider Clarke his bunny, nor think he is suspect outside off-stump.
"No," the 199cm 23-year-old said.
"He's an incredibly capable batsman. I was just fortunate enough to win the day."
But it is not the full story as Gannon has worked hard over the past two seasons to get to where he is.
"I've done a lot of work on my action and the way I approach bowling," he said.
"It is a really awesome feeling to have seen the improvement and things start to go my way."
Gannon admits it has taken an attitude shift to get this far.
"As far as domestic cricket is concerned, Shield cricket is the pinnacle," he said.
"To be perfectly honest, I may have taken it a little bit for granted in my first year.
"But now I've spent enough time in the squad around people like Boof (coach Darren Lehmann) and Martin Love (assistant coach). It's given me a much better understanding of what Shield cricket is. It's the big show and I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of it.
"Especially in a side like this Queensland team."
Gannon, who was brought into the Queensland side to replace injured Ben Cutting, plans to do all he can to remain in the team, starting with this weekend's Shield clash with Tasmania in Hobart. "I'm a lot more desperate to keep my spot in the team," he said.
"It's where I want to be.
"I'd like to think I'm a pretty good chance to stay there for the next game. My goals remain pretty stable. I want to play as much Shield cricket as possible and stay fit, hopefully win games and a championship or two."