Walking off getting out.
Walking off getting out. BEN MACMAHON AAP

Nathan Reardon: Good fun despite the loss

WELL, it was certainly a memorable debut.

The cricket gods don't miss a chance to remind you that the old adage, 'catches win matches', is never going to go away.

And yes, I am referring to the two chances I have grassed in two big games in the past month.

I lost the one in Adelaide momentarily during my Australian T20 debut on Wednesday night and dropped it, much as I did during the Matador One Day Cup semi-final.

It's never pleasant to put down a chance, especially when you have been on the end of a superb catch from the opposition in your own innings.

South African keeper Quentin de Kock is not the tallest bloke going around, but he climbed a stepladder to get me when I tried to edge one over the slips at the Adelaide Oval.

So while catches went against me, I found the experience of playing for Australia, in my home country, to live up to what I had expected.

Having Mum, Dad and my brother along meant there were at least three people cheering for me, and getting my cap presentation from Mike Hussey was very special.

We didn't bat that well, aside from Shane Watson and James Faulkner, and it showed again that in T20, unless you can strike at least one really solid partnership, it can be hard to win.

The South Africans bowled particularly well - they didn't give us lots of areas to hit and backed it up with some very good fielding, as if I needed reminding.

It was also memorable in a good way that there were five Queenslanders on the field, the most the Sunshine State has had in the one side for a fair while.

Hopefully the outcome won't make that a one-off as myself, Cam Boyce, Ben Dunk, Watto and Ben Cutting enjoyed our time together in the green and gold.

I thought Boycey was very good and he has already shown, to my mind, that he is set to play a lot more cricket for Australia.

While we are in Melbourne and Sydney for the remaining two T20 Internationals, the Bulls will be doing battle with the pink ball in the Sheffield Shield round in Perth from Sunday.

That won't be easy, but we trained a fair bit with the pink ball in the off-season to prepare for this.

Kookaburra continues to work hard to find the best possible outcome for developing the pink ball to a stage where it could work for a day/night Test match.



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