We always knew Ryano was a big sook
WHILE the Bulls were in the air winging our way to Hobart, all eyes were on the Gabba for the opening day of the First Test.
And my spies tell me there was at least two very moist eyes, and probably a whole lot more, when the tea break rolled around.
Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja flew the 'locals' flag with pride and skill as the Aussies took the wind out of the Black Caps' sails with some patient batting that saw a half-century to Burnsy and hundreds to the Queensland skipper, and Dave Warner.
But the tea break rolled around and riding high in a Toyota Hi-Lux was one of the Gabba's favourite sons in Ryan Harris.
The big fella always wore his heart on his sleeve as a player, and a few of the reports that we got when we landed in Tasmania, suggested that he was a bit emotional as he headed around the field.
We always knew he was a big sook!
But if ever a bloke deserved a lap of honour, it is Ryan Harris. It was really fitting that the Test today featured a very strong presence around the Centenary of Anzac and the historic ties between cricket and the Australian and New Zealand defence forces.
Ryan embodied the ideals of doing your best for your mate and putting others before yourself.
It was one of the reasons why so many captains and coaches the world over loved having him in their teams.
We've been fortunate to keep him around Queensland cricket as a bowling and coaching assistant/mentor, and I reckon it is great he has been snapped up by Cricket Australia to work with their Youth Pathway programs.
Ryno is a great bloke to learn from.
We're down in Hobart for our Shield match against Tasmania starting today.
The less said about our result in Melbourne last week the better - on a personal note, I saw the pink ball pretty well, but not for long enough in the second innings unfortunately.
But we're back in another contest and with a few young, hungry blokes in the squad, we'll have a crack at taming the Tigers.