Fitzgerald firing on return
CRICKET: Brothers may be struck with some luck this weekend with bowler Robbie Fitzgerald back on the field to help shut down Frenchville.
Fitzgerald recently returned from the Indoor Cricket World Cup in October where he led the Australian team to victory for the third time.
The championships were battled out between New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and England in Brisbane.
“It was really close. New Zealand beat us in the first semi-final and then we played them again and only beat them by 11 runs in the final – it was for 44 to 55,” Fitzgerald said yesterday.
Fitzgerald, who has been playing for the Australian indoor cricket team since 2003, said despite playing both indoor and outdoor cricket he has always preferred indoor cricket.
“You get a bat and a bowl, it is over in two hours, it is intense and you are always doing something with every ball,” he said.
But this weekend Fitzgerald will be back in force with his Brothers team-mates for day two of the Southern Star Shield match at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds today.
“This is my first game back for the season,” he said.
“I’ve only had two training sessions, as I have been out training in the world cup.”
Fitzgerald returned to the team in last weekend’s day-one match, where Brothers were all out for 160 against Frenchville.
“Our batting let us down last weekend, we only got 160 when really we needed 260 or 280,” he said.
But when Frenchville went in to bat, Fitzgerald claimed two wickets for Brothers, leaving Frenchville to start at 2-32 in day two this weekend.
“I am a bowler all-rounder, and I bat not too badly,” he said.
“And last weekend when we played I took two wickets, so that was good.”
Brothers need to keep the Frenchville batsmen under their control but have a good start by dismissing captain Todd Wells for 14 runs.
“This wicket out here is very up and down and can be very unpredictable, so we need to be careful with that.”
“It is going to be a very tight finish for third spot, if we drop a game here and North Tigers start winning a few more it could change things, it will be very interesting to see.”