Runs the currency for new Bull
CRICKET: Queensland Bulls debutant Lachlan Pfeffer is a numbers man.
At a time in Australian cricket when age has seemingly become as important as performance, Pfeffer, 26, has used sheer weight of numbers to force his way into the Bulls' Sheffield Shield side for their battle with Tasmania beginning Thursday.
The Valleys opener and wicketkeeper will make his debut as a specialist batsmen at the Gabba after plundering eight first-grade tons, including five this season, and a Queensland second XI hundred since the start of the 2016-17 season.
Pfeffer admits there was a time he doubted his own ability, but winning a full-time state contract for the first time this season has taken his game to a new level.
"I'm pretty stoked, pretty excited. Eighteen months ago I certainly didn't think I was good enough to play first class," he said.
"You go in and out of form pretty quickly but obviously I'm pretty happy with the season so far.
"I guess I can take that what I'm doing is working at (first-grade) level and hopefully can work at first-class level as well.
"(I don't normally get nervous) but I reckon I might be for a Shield game. I try to focus on what I can control.
"Once I'm out there it will hopefully turn into just another game of cricket."
A traditional, hard-nosed opener, Pfeffer will join forces with Matthew Renshaw at the top of the order in the absence of the injured Joe Burns.
However, Burns' imminent return has Pfeffer approaching his first Shield game as his last.
"I would imagine when Burnsy is fit he's going to slot straight back in," the Laidley product said.
"I'm probably not as free-flowing as someone like Dave Warner. I'm limited in the shots that I play and with the role (as an opener) I try to keep it pretty simple - the longer I'm out there the more runs I'll score."