ASK Jimmy Peirson about how he rates recently ousted Queensland and Brisbane Heat coach Stuart Law and he'll tell you he is a "great coach".
But that was not enough to prevent the former Australian batsman and Bulls legend from falling on his sword last week.
Time ran out for Law, with the Heat finishing last in the Big Bash, and the Bulls sitting last in the Sheffield Shield competition.
The Bulls will resume their red-ball duties against Victoria at the Gabba this Saturday, while back-up wicketkeeper-batsman Peirson will play for the Queensland Academy of Sport against South Australia in Adelaide, starting next Monday.
Heat keeper Peirson was disappointed to hear about Law's departure.
"It's one of those things where that's professional sport and it happens," Peirson told APN yesterday.
"I didn't have a problem with Stuey and I think he was a very good coach.
"His answers are pretty straight forward.
"If you get a spray from the coach you usually deserve it and you need to respond to that in the right way."
Peirson, who is the understudy to Queensland's frontline wicketkeeper, Chris Hartley, is yet to play a first-class match, but showed promise both behind and in front of the stumps for Brisbane in the Big Bash, notching his first half-century against Hobart.
He further highlighted that promise playing for a Cricket Australia XI in a World Cup practice match against Bangladesh at Allan Border Field yesterday, hitting an equal-top score of 78 as the home side chased down the visitors' 231 with five wickets to spare in the 44th over.
The 22-year-old said a rigorous fitness regime after the Heat failed to reach the BBL semi-finals should have him primed to score runs in the back half of the season.
"Because we had a three-week window where our strength and conditioning fellow got us back in the gym and we've done running sessions, it's almost felt like a mini-pre-season in the middle of the season," Peirson said.
The Redlands club cricketer, who represented the Australian under-19s, still believes the Bulls can go far in the Shield under caretaker coach Justin Sternes.
"If you look at what we went through in the Big Bash and our shaky start to the Shield, we're raring to go," Peirson said.
"Queenslanders produce their best performances when their backs are against the wall - whether it's footy or cricket.
"I'm very confident in Sternesy. He's been around Queensland cricket for a long time. He's learned through some of the best coaches in Stuey and Boof (Darren Lehmann) before him, so I think his processes won't be too dissimilar to what we've had before us."
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