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Law could be back running with Bulls

Stuart Law, while coaching Sri Lanka.
Stuart Law, while coaching Sri Lanka. Tom Shaw - Getty Images

HAVING already made a huge contribution to Queensland as a player, former champion batsman Stuart Law would love to do the same as coach of the Bulls.

Law, who captained Queensland to five Sheffield Shield titles, including the state's first in 1994-95, said yesterday that he wanted to fill the vacancy left by Darren Lehmann's departure to replace the sacked Mickey Arthur as Australian coach.

Queensland Cricket chairman Jim Holding began the search for a new coach yesterday - a process to include input from Lehmann on a phone link-up from England.

Holding said the board would take as long as it needed to find the right man for the "plum" job.

The board ill struggle to find someone as passionate about Queensland as Law - he has maroon blood running through his veins.

Brisbane-born Law enjoyed a 16-year career playing for Queensland from his junior days through to his final appearance in March 2004.

He is Queensland's most-capped first-class player, with 158 games to his name, scoring 9920 runs at 43.13.

You can also throw in more than 2500 runs in one-dayers, and on top of the Shield titles, two domestic one-day trophies with Law in charge of the Bulls.

The 44-year-old high-performance coach at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane said he hoped the selectors would come calling so he could resume his love affair with the Bulls.

"Mate, it would be a tremendous honour to coach the state that has been a huge part of my life," said Law, who also played one Test and 54 ODIs for Australia.

"I played with my heart on my sleeve for Queensland - I always loved putting on that maroon cap. I'd certainly bring that passion to the coaching role. There is no question about that."

Law scored more than 27,000 first-class runs at an average of 50, with 79 hundreds, by the time he retired after playing county cricket in England in 2009. However, he can bring more to the table than his playing experience.

His coaching resume includes being in charge of Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, before returning home to Brisbane last year. The current coach of the Australian under-19 team, he also was Australia's Test batting coach last summer after Justin Langer resigned.

Law knows there will be no shortage of quality applicants for the Bulls coaching role, but just like in his playing days he is prepared to fight for what he wants.

THE LAW FILE

  • Most first-class matches for Qld (158)
  • Record for most runs in a first-class season (1204 at 75.25 in 1990-91)
  • One of two Queenslanders to twice score a century in each innings
  • Scored the fastest one-day century for Qld (69 balls)
  • Scored fastest half-century for Qld (26 balls)

Topics:  coach, cricket, queensland bulls, sheffield shield, stuart law


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