Gannon shares recipe for Bulls run of victory glory
CAMERON Gannon has attributed his personal success this season to being appreciated by his Queensland Bulls teammates and staff.
The former Ipswich Grammar School student stepped on to Bellerive Oval for his first Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania yesterday.
Before the game, he told the QT the feeling of belonging has been a key to the Queensland success story in the past two seasons.
"I think it's a trait inherent in all Queensland sportsmen," Gannon said.
"We don't really do it for the glory. We are and have been working hard for each other.
"It is something Boof (coach Darren Lehmann) has pushed on us from the get-go."
It is a good thing they are not chasing the glory, given no Queensland player was chosen in the team-of-the-year lists across all three forms of the domestic game this season.
That was despite Brisbane winning the Big Bash League and the Bulls winning the one-day competition and reaching the shield final.
The honorary teams were voted for by all the players, who were unable to vote for their own team mates. "We would have liked the recognition," Gannon said.
"At the end of the day, we want people playing for Australia.
"There's definitely the makings of that in our team.
"But my fear is that it is people scoring runs for teams that are not doing well that get a look in, ahead of teams that are doing well."
The Queensland awards snub is a backhanded compliment, proving the Queenslanders are a team in which everyone contributes.
"It has been a hallmark of Bulls cricket teams over the decades," Gannon said.
"Our teams haven't necessarily had that many go and play for Australia but they're always good performers and excellent contributors."
No-one sums up the Queensland ethos more than wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, who is constantly overlooked for national honours despite years of continued excellence with the gloves and telling contributions with the bat.
"He didn't get a lot of press after the Perth game (which Queensland won to reach the shield final) but took two really good catches at pivotal moments," Gannon said.
"He got Mike Hussey in the second innings when he was starting to look very good, which turned the game in our favour."
Having established himself as a key member of the Bulls squad in his third season as a first-class cricketer, Gannon can rightfully view national selection as the natural next step.
"It's definitely floating around in there," he said of the thought of representing Australia.
"It's the dream."