Cutting hoping Lehmann's presence will help his cause

IT WAS over a New Year's beer with Bulls teammate Ryan Harris that injury-prone quick Ben Cutting revealed his desire for them to spearhead Australia's attack in a Gabba Ashes Test.

Fast forward to today and Cutting - fully recovered from another groin operation and forever confident at the Bulls' pre-season training in Buderim yesterday - is still talking big.

And the 26-year-old is hoping the man they call Boof - ex-Bulls coach and new Australia mentor Darren Lehmann - will promote his cause as he eyes the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in November.

When asked if he regarded himself a legitimate selection chance, the tall speedster said: "I'd like to think so (although) I think that was probably a couple of drinks talking when we spoke about it that night.

"But it is ultimately my goal, definitely."

Cutting added: "I think it (knowing Lehmann so well) is an advantage. But in saying that, he's only one person on quite a large selection panel, so he's gonna have to convince a lot of people if he wants to go that way."

Cutting has been trying to convince the national selectors that he is Test material since making his first-class debut in 2007.

Playing for Queensland against Tasmania at the Gabba, he took three wickets for the match.

He has gone on to claim 119 wickets at 24.77 in 30 first-class games.

The national selectors finally rewarded him last summer when he made his one-day and Twenty20 debuts for Australia.

He then broke down, missing the Sheffield Shield final for a second straight year with a dodgy groin.

But like Harris, whose rebounds from injury are the stuff of legend, Cutting likes to think his injury travails have hardened him - and he loves the tag of international.

"I got a bit of a taste for that last year in the ODI squad and the Twenty20 squad, so I'd like to get into those and actually cement myself, string some games together for them," he said. "But ultimately, definitely ... into Test cricket."



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