Lucas' Career takes a turn
THE easy option holds little appeal for Karalee spin bowler Corey Lucas.
Lucas was the find of the season last summer for the Ipswich Logan Hornets and represented Queensland at under-19 level.
But whether it means taking a job behind the bar at the Walloon Hotel or stepping out of his cricketing comfort zone, Lucas is not here for the armchair ride.
It is why he left the Hornets to join Norths during the off-season, giving up a guaranteed first grade spot in order to advance his own spin bowling education.
"It was more for a bit of a change," the 18-year-old exercise science student said.
"To be playing with the likes of Hopesy (James Hopes) and Joey Burns, who are doing pretty well in the one-day cup (for Queensland).
"And some younger lads from the Queensland under-19s, like Tom Healy, Jack Prestwidge and Sam Wilson.
"Plus Nathan Hauritz is still there and I'm not sure how much longer he will be."
Travel was also an issue, which seems strange at first when you consider Lucas lives at Karalee and works at Walloon.
But Queensland under-19 training is at Albion, just five minutes from Norths' training and is on the same days.
Lucas has had no cause to regret the move from the club that gave him his chance in the top grade, even though he was dropped from the firsts to seconds at Norths last week.
"It's gone pretty smoothly," Lucas said.
"Having mates there and a younger group of players means I've settled in quickly.
"Winning games has also made the move easier."
Norths boast Aussie bowlers in Cameron Boyce and Hauritz, which Lucas sees as the perfect classroom to improve.
Bowling to the likes of Hopes and Burns at training has meant he has had to.
"Bowling to better batsmen has made the move easier," said Lucas, who has taken 13 wickets already this season.
"I'm probably bowling a bit better than last year.
"I've got another year of experience and had a better pre-season.
"I've been working out plans for batsmen rather than just trying to land the ball on the spot."
It is this change which marks the biggest step in Lucas' evolution as a spin bowler, with Hauritz and Hopes particularly helpful.
"They were good in pre-season," Lucas said.
"Trying to work out batsmen, it's hard not to learn.
"It's just about the little one percenters in training.
"They know their games and have the confidence to go after and win games of cricket.
"They back their ability a lot."
IN A SPIN
Corey Lucas 2014-15 season
- 8 matches, 49 overs, 13 wickets for 221 runs.
- Best bowling: 4-41
- Average: 15.54