Ben Cutting tries out the new batting cage at the Gabba. Picture: Peter Wallis
Ben Cutting tries out the new batting cage at the Gabba. Picture: Peter Wallis

Heat hitter says Ten10 can be a hit

BIG-HITTING Brisbane Heat star Ben Cutting has called for Ten10 cricket to be brought to Australia.

The powerful all-rounder donned the Heat's teal colours for the first time this summer as he tested out the new batting cage at the Gabba ground.

Positioned near the pool deck, ''The Cage" will give Heat fans an up-close look at the power of the side's six-hitting specialists, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, and Cutting during this season's Twenty20 Big Bash League.

A bowling machine sending down balls will give Heat batsmen a chance to warm up inside the cage.

"It's a decent little set-up," Cutting said.

"It's going to be interesting to use during the game.

"You can get your eye in, but it's more for the crowd rather than preparation to go out in the middle,'' he said.

"With the crowds being so close, you're really going to see the power and fast hands of guys like Baz (McCullum) and Lynny. Baseball does it, so there's no reason we can't do it in Twenty20."

Ben Cutting tries out the new batting cage at the Gabba. Picture: Peter Wallis
Ben Cutting tries out the new batting cage at the Gabba. Picture: Peter Wallis

 

Cutting, 31, returned last weekend from the UAE where he played in the Super League T10 tournament.

The 10-over version is the shortest form of the game, halving the Twenty20 concept which revolutionised cricket 15 years ago.

And the Heat all-rounder believes there is no reason why T10 can't be successful in Australia.

"It was awesome. I don't know if it's the future but it's certainly got legs," he said.

"While Twenty20 is a slog as it is, this is a genuine slog from ball one. The bowlers have got to be better at bowling yorkers,'' he said.

"On any day, any team can win. It's always competitive. I think it could work here.

''It would be an exciting exhibition. I don't know if you could have an international series as T10, but if you had a T10 tournament and shop it around the world with those teams, then it would certainly get some interest," he said.

The Heat begin their BBL campaign against champions, the Adelaide Strikers, at the Gabba on December 19.

Brisbane will play five matches at the Gabba and two at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast as part of an extended full home-and-away season.

News Corp Australia


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