Play it again, Sam: young Bull keen to keep impressing
CRICKET: It is almost a year to the day that Sam Heazlett made his Sheffield Shield debut.
The left-hander got instant recognition, scoring 129 and 78 against Tasmania before going on to put together an impressive rookie season.
The 21-year-old racked up 649 runs at an average of 40.56 to be one of the Bulls' best in the last campaign.
But this season did not start too promisingly after he injured his quad in a game for the National Performance Squad.
The injury kept him out for eight weeks but Heazlett says he is fit and raring to go now and is looking for more in his second Shield season.
"I was stoked to get a go last year,” he said.
"I wasn't expecting to play too much Shield cricket, so it was good to be given the chance to play.
"I will go out there and do my best but I definitely, definitely want to improve.
"It was a good start (last year) but other teams did not know too much about me or how I played my game, so I will have a bit more of a target on my back this year.”
Queensland takes on Victoria at the MCG starting today in its second Shield match of the season after a heavy loss to a powerful New South Wales outfit in the campaign opener.
Heazlett has not played at the hallowed ground before.
He is excited about playing there but said he would have put that to the back of his mind while batting.
"I am looking forward to getting a go there,” he said.
"Any ground around Australia, it's great to have a new experience like that, but the MCG, historically, the MCG is an impressive ground and because of the Boxing Day Test, everyone wants to know what it's like playing there.
"I can't think about that too much when I am out there. I need to focus on my batting. But I will definitely lap it up while I am out there in the field and before and after the match as well.”
Like any young Australian cricketer coming through the ranks, Heazlett has dreams of one day pulling on the baggy green, but until then he knows he just needs to keep on performing.
"To get through the season and keep scoring runs is the main goal at this stage,” he said.
"I can on only control what I do, I can't control anything else. You've got to put your name up there and see what happens.”