Michael Kasprowicz arrives in Emerald for Bulls Masters game
HE HAS taken over 100 Test wickets, but now Michael Kasprowicz has his sights set on 10 more against a Central Highlands team that will play the Bulls Masters in a Twenty20 match at the Emerald Showgrounds on Saturday.
"It's all good fun, but when you're out there competing with someone with a bat in their hands, it's amazing how pride and ego take over," Kasprowicz said after arriving in Emerald this morning.
"Ultimately it's about playing a game of Twenty20 cricket."
Despite the Bulls Masters side containing a number of seasoned veterans, Kasprowicz said they would still be playing their hardest against the Central Highlands.
"You always do, there's no shortage of that," he said.
"There's a bit of age on our side, and that means that it's going to hurt a whole lot.
"Your best isn't what you used to be able to do because you're a lot older and it hurts a whole lot more.
"(But) you don't like being hit for six or hit back over your head, so you manage to find a little bit extra if something like that does occur.
"That's always good fun."
One of the 11 lucky locals who will get to face up to Kasprowicz and company is 19-year-old Emerald Brothers all-rounder Cameron Keene.
"It's once in a lifetime," Keene said.
"It's going to be one of my hardest challenges.
"It'll be probably the biggest crowd I've played in front of.
"If I get off zero I'd be one of the happiest guys in the world.
Keene was thrilled when he found out he had been selected to play against some of his former idols.
"First off I was a bit nervous, but it should be a good experience," he said.
"When I was a kid I looked up to Jimmy Maher.
"I've always watched them and it'll be great to actually meet them on the field and play against them."
But like Kasprowicz, Keene will not be taking it easy once the match is underway.
"I'm hoping we'll actually be able to give them a real run for their money," he said.
"I'd be over the top (to win)... it'll be great."
The match starts at 3pm.