Tests still rate with Ray Phillips
FORMER Ashes tourist Ray Phillips isn’t worried about young players being lost to Twenty20 cricket from the traditional forms of the game.
Phillips was Queensland Bulls wicket-keeper batsman for a decade, an Ashes tourist and is now Queensland chairman of selectors, an ABC commentator and works for Clubs Queensland.
It was through his involvement with Condamine Sports Club manager Ian Skillen at Clubs Queensland that Phillips was approached to travel to Warwick to speak at the sports club dinner on Tuesday which raised $800 for the Warwick and District Disabilities Support Group.
“Most of the players who are opting for Twenty20 are older players who are not going to play (any future) Test cricket,” Phillips said.
“It helps longevity to just bowl four overs at a time.”
He used batsman David Warner as an example of a young Twenty20 star with an eye on a Test cap.
“David is a huge hit in Twenty20 but harbours an ambition to play Tests.”
Phillips has no doubt Twenty20 cricket will grow and was happy to tell the crowd of 80 at this week’s dinner that Andrew Symonds has already signed for the Bulls for the 2010-2011 Twenty20 season.
“We are looking at a couple of overseas players,” Phillips said.
“Daniel Vettori played for us in the 2009-2010 season but has commitments to the New Zealand competition which is on at the same time. We have another bloke on the radar.”
After a couple of good seasons for the Queensland Bulls, Phillips is delighted with the progress of some of the young guns.
“Ben Cutting had a fantastic year for the Bulls in all forms of cricket and is the whole package with bat, ball and in the field,” Phillips said.
He also has high hopes for young Toombul batsman Chris Lynn who scored a century in his second Sheffield Shield game, leg-spinner Cameron Boyce who took 6-185 off 50 overs in the Shield final, and three players from the world championship winning Australian Under-19s, Alister McDermott, Nick Buchanan and Jason Floros.