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RYOBI Cup preview: Queensland Bulls

UPDATED 27 September, 2013 3:49PM AEDT | by Martin Gabor 3

Welcome Aboard/Farewell

The Bulls haven’t made any changes to their Ryobi Cup-winning playing squad, but they have welcomed Queensland Cricket legend Stuart law as head coach to replace Darren Lehmann.

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The Path to Glory

After a slow start to last year’s campaign, the Bulls came home with a wet sail to lift the trophy.

They have a delayed start to the season due to the Brisbane Heat's involvement in the CLT20 tournament, so they will have to play their six matches in an 11-day window.

They start and end their pool matches against the Western Warriors.

Mark this one in your Calendar

The NSW v Queensland rivalry has died down in recent years; at least on the cricket field. However, the state of origin feud is set to re-ignite in 2013. The Blues are secretly smarting after losing Peter Forrest and Usman Khawaja to their northern rivals, and will be keen to knock off the champs.

The Bulls won both matches last year by 110 and 30 runs respectively. The sides will meet on October 17 at North Sydney Oval.

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Keep an Eye on

Joe Burns is the reigning Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year recipient. The 24 year old starred for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL, but had a rather quiet 50-over campaign.

The top-order batsman is capable of taking the tournament by storm, and a solid fortnight of 20-over cricket in India should have him prepared for the RYOBI Cup.

Pressure’s on

Ben Cutting didn’t play much 50-over cricket for the Bulls in 2013, with the paceman finally breaking into the national side.

The 26 year old is a crucial part of their squad, and will be keen to improve on his expensive offerings from last season.

The Bulls will want at least 12 wickets from him this season, while his lower-order hitting could come into play at some stage of the RYOBI Cup.

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

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

First Posted 27 September, 2013 3:23PM AEDT

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