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Steketee hopes pre-season sweat pays off

CRICKET CELEBRATION: Mark Steketee (right) of the Heat celebrates with team mate Chris Lynn.
CRICKET CELEBRATION: Mark Steketee (right) of the Heat celebrates with team mate Chris Lynn. Bradley Kanaris

MARK Steketee will have a week of training in India to fall back on when he starts his 2014-15 season.

The Warwick paceman is training five days a week in Brisbane with the Queensland Bulls squad at Allan Border Field and is also training with the National Performance Squad (NPS).

In the off-season, he has received plenty of helpful hints with his pace bowling after a week of coaching in India under a group of coaches, including Test legend Glenn McGrath, at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai.

"It was disgustingly hot in Chennai," he said.

"The week away was my first trip to India, it was different over there."

He was one of six Australians who headed to Chennai.

Former Australian Test bowling coach Troy Cooley was the bowling coach for the Australian group, a role he fills with the National Performance Squad.

While Steketee is mainly a bowler, he has club centuries in Warwick to his credit with the Maryvale club.

He gets plenty of chances to bat at Bulls and NPS training where former English batsman Graeme Hick is the batting coach.

"Graeme keeps it pretty simple but we are working on a few things to improve my batting," he said.

At the Bulls, Steketee is coached by Chris Swan who retired from the Bulls in the past couple of years.

Steketee's aim in 2014-15 is to make his Sheffield Shield and one-day debuts.

After making a name for himself with the Brisbane Heat last season, Steketee's first chance could come in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup competition which will be played at the start of the season.

Half of the cup games will be in Brisbane and half in Sydney. -

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