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Dunk happy to bide time

UPDATED 22 September, 2013 6:21PM AEST | by Jacob Kagi, Sportal

Young wicketkeeper Ben Dunk still feels he has plenty of work to do to become Queensland's number one gloveman even after posting his first domestic cricket century.

Ben DunkYoung wicketkeeper Ben Dunk still feels he has plenty of work to do to become Queensland's number one gloveman even after posting his first domestic cricket century.

Dunk helped the Bulls move to the top of the Ryobi One-Day Cup table and continue their perfect start to the summer with a magnificent 115 not out from 124 balls as they beat Western Australia by three wickets on Sunday.

The 24-year-old from Innisfail, playing in just his ninth domestic one-day match, carried his bat as he hit 12 fours and one six to help Queensland chase down their target of 229 with an over to spare.

It was Dunk's best showing in his domestic cricket career, which has seen him make six Shield appearances while playing in nine one-day games and Twenty 20 matches - with much of that experience playing as a batsman while Chris Hartley kept wickets.

While Dunk has established himself as Queensland's first-choice one-day wicketkeeper this season, he said veteran Hartley would be difficult to overtake in the longer form of the game.

"Chris' record in Shield cricket is second to none," he said.

"At the moment, it's a long way off. Hopefully if I score runs I might be able to break back in as a batsman, but I really don't see myself forcing him out of the side, in the short-term future anyway."

"Last year I opened the batting in a couple of games (in one-day cricket). I got a 60 but I probably didn't take my opportunity when I was there so it's a relief to do it now."

"Obviously an innings like that makes me feel like I do belong."

The Bulls moved to the top of the ladder with their third-consecutive victory, while they also have a perfect record from their three Sheffield Shield games, which captain James Hopes said was the result of lots of hard work over the off-season.

Hopes was the only player with international experience in the side which beat WA, but the veteran said teams would be wise not to underestimate them.

"If the other teams want to keep think they're better than us on paper then they can keep thinking that," he said.

"People don't think we match up with some teams on paper, but we know what we've done in the off-season and we know how good some of our players are coming through."

Hopes said he had pulled up without any problems after bowling 11 overs in his first game back from minor knee surgery.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 07 November, 2011 10:06AM AEST

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