Steketee ready to make his mark now
QUEENSLAND fast bowler Mark Steketee announced his arrival in January's Big Bash League and now he's ready to take his game to the next level.
The Warwick-born paceman played five games for the Brisbane Heat last summer, taking a wicket in four consecutive games.
The 20-year-old only came into the team at the last minute as an injury replacement for fellow quick Nick Buchanan.
Steketee then bowled tidily for the National Performance Squad against India A and South A in July and August.
And then he ripped a touring Ireland XI apart on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, snaring 3-11.
All this means the youngster is ready to take any opportunity that comes his way in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, with the Bulls starting their summer against Victoria at the Gabba on Saturday as they aim for their third successive one-day crown.
"I'd like to think I'm ready to contribute if I get given a chance," Steketee, who was part of the Australian under-19 World Cup final team which lost to India in 2012, told APN.
"I don't just want to play for the Bulls, I want to perform well."
After bursting onto the scene last summer, Steketee admitted the start of his pre-season did not go according to plan.
"It started off a bit slow," he said.
"I had a few niggling soft tissue injuries which weren't too serious.
"But I've got some cricket under my belt playing for Souths at club level in Brisbane, and I feel like things are clicking well now."
Steketee has received some sage words from Australian one-day representative, and Bulls and Heat teammate Ben Cutting, while at the Magpies club.
"I might sound biased but I love playing alongside Cuttsy," he said.
"He just keeps things simple and we talk about the things we do at the Bulls while playing club cricket, like bowling in partnerships."
Steketee took a lot of wisdom out of bowling to South Africa and India's best emerging talent for the NPS.
"I got a fair bit out of that, just knowing those guys are the same standard as the guys that will play in the Matador Barbeques One Day Cup," he said.
"I'm still learning how to bowl with patience in the one-day game."
And if he gets a chance to bowl against Victoria on Saturday?
"They've got some good attacking batsmen like Matthew Wade and David Hussey," Steketee said.
"I bowled to Wade in the BBL last season and I went okay against him - I know where he looks to score."