Cricket: Jason Floros to lead Queensland Bulls’ domestic one-day title charge

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Jason Floros wants the Bulls to “have some fun and do what we do best”. Photo: Robert PreziosoFormer Canberra cricketer Jason Floros has been handed the role of leading the Queensland Bulls out of the domestic one-day doldrums.

Coach Phil Jacques opted for experience in the leadership role following the retirement of James Hopes and non-selection of Chris Hartley and Peter Forrest.

After Queensland claimed just two victories to finish one game ahead of the Cricket Australia XI – a development side – Floros’ message to his players will be simple.

“Trust your skills and execute,” Floros said.

“We’ve had a long pre-season and done all the work so now it’s just time to go out there and have some fun and do what we do best.”

Floros said he has become a more well-rounded captain having worked under former Queensland leaders Hopes and Chris Simpson.

“The experience is invaluable,” Floros said.

“You can’t go wrong listening to these guys and taking their advice, especially when we do have a young group.”

Floros will take the reins of a relatively inexperienced Queensland side despite not playing a game in last season’s second-last finish.

Explosive batsman Chris Lynn will be a no-show for a large chunk of the tournament due to injury, but Queensland’s batting ranks have been bolstered by the inclusion of Joe Burns.

Floros said Burns will have a point to prove after being left out of Australia’s squad for the third Test in Sri Lanka.

“… He’s always a determined cricketer,” Floros said.

“He always turns up ready to go and he’s one to put his best foot forward. He’s a proud Queenslander and I’m sure he’ll do his best throughout the tournament.”

And the Canberran anointed to lead Burns “definitely” considers himself a Queenslander.

“I’ve been here for seven years so I’ve definitely embraced the culture and can’t see myself going anywhere in the near future,” Floros said.

“It’s a complete honour having to do the job, especially meeting a few of the guys that have done it over the years and seeing what they’ve contributed to Queensland cricket.”

The Bulls get their tournament under way against the Cricket Australia XI at Allan Border Field on Saturday – their first home one-day fixture in two seasons.

The past three competitions have been held almost exclusively in Sydney in a shortened format designed to replicate an international tournament.

Cricket Australia has cast a wider net this season in taking games to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Floros said one of the issues with the format is big venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground or the Sydney Cricket Ground are unavailable due to football commitments.

“I think we had a comment from a few players that the first time some of these guys play at a one-dayer at the MCG is when they’re sent up to play for Australia,” Floros said.

“So you don’t really get that exposure to big grounds before you’re on the big stage.”


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