Gannon fires in west
THINGS couldn't be any better for Ipswich-raised Queensland fast bowler Cameron Gannon.
"We're all on a bit of a high," Gannon said from Perth airport yesterday, before flying back to Brisbane.
Not surprisingly given Queensland had just beaten Western Australia in both Sheffield Shield and national one day clashes to leap to the top of both tables.
The modest 22-year-old put his 4-36 in Queensland's one day victory over WA on Sunday partly down to luck.
He could just as easily say he was unlucky claiming 3-66 in his team's latest outright shield win, which ended on Friday.
Almost as important as his three wickets was his economy rate, going for just over two runs an over.
"Bowling economically for the other guys is all part of the business," Gannon said.
"That's always been part of the way I've bowled and wanted to play the game."
The fact is Gannon played a big part in both wins.
Getting the double over WA in Perth made it extra special.
"That's probably the greatest thing about this week," he said.
"A few of the boys were saying it's been 10 years since we've taken a full 10 points against WA.
"It's where you want to be."
It was Gannon's sixth shield match and fourth one-dayer for his state and he is becoming increasingly relaxed about his place in the team.
"I definitely feel a lot more confident around the boys," he said. "It is a pretty amazing group so it's not hard to feel included."
Neither Gannon nor his teammates are getting carried away with Queensland's impressive start to 2011-12 however.
"It is very early," he said.
"We can't really get complacent at this point in time.
"There's a very long way to go and we've very well aware of that.
"We've got NSW next week.
"They're playing pretty well at the moment so we're going to have to be at our best."
Part of the key to Queensland's successful start to the season has been the enjoyment factor.
"It was very Queensland the way we went about the shield game," Gannon said.
"We just decided to have some fun and rib on each other as much as possible."
Also making Gannon comfortable and confident is the success of fellow young fast bowlers Alister McDermott and Matthew Gale.
"There is a lot of youth in our squad and it is good to know we've got that depth because we've got a lot of injuries," Gannon said.
"To have young guys step up and contribute at the highest level gives the coaches, Hopesy (captain James Hopes) and senior players the confidence to go and do their jobs."
Yet Gannon knows with injured players coming back he may be the one to make way.
"At the moment I'm taking it day to day," he said.
"It would be foolish of me or arrogant not to expect they'd want their places back.
"My goal is to basically keep tracking.
"If I can keep bowling and implementing simple plans and giving everything I can I don't see why things really need to change.
"I don't think I could be doing any better."