BIG Bash League bound batsman Jono Dean says he’s not the answer to Queanbeyan’s wicket keeping dilemma despite donning the gloves in the Bluebags’ opening two games this season.
The departure of first choice keeper Aaron Ayre over the offseason and the continually unavailability of back up glovemen Michael Curtale and Raglan Maddox has seen Dean step into the role.
Dean however, described the move as a strictly a “two-game thing”.
And the 29-year-old said the risk of injury less than two months before taking up his contract with the Adelaide Strikers meant his would only be a cameo appearance behind the stumps.
“The fact that I haven’t been training or practicing [in the role] just increases the risk I’ll catch a ball of the end of a finger and a broken finger is not something I need at this stage let’s be honest,” he said.
“It’s something I enjoy doing but the fact that I’ve only kept in five or six games over the past 10 years means I’m a bit beyond getting myself to the standard that I’d need to be at to actually make a go of it.
“So without wrapping myself in cotton wool it’s not something I intend doing again.”
Acknowledging Queanbeyan was “light on” in the keeping department, Dean said the club may need to turn to its largely untested crop of young juniors in search of its next gloveman.
With both Curtale and Maddox unlikely to return to Queanbeyan’s line up this weekend, regular second grade keeper Phil Moore could be in line to make his first grade debut in the coming weeks.
This weekend, meanwhile, will see Queanbeyan kick off its Twenty20 campaign against Eastlake at Kingston on Saturday.
After two one-day victories to start the season, the Bluebags will switch their attention to the shortest form of the game.
It’s a format Queanbeyan has traditionally revelled in with the club appearing in five of the past six Cricket ACT T20 grand finals, claiming titles in 2008/09 and 2011/12.
“We’re lucky enough to have a few blokes like myself, Blake [Dean], Higgsy [Mark Higgs] and Vele [Dukoski] who really like to hit the ball over the fence,” Dean said.
“The T20 stuff has come pretty naturally to us in the past so it’s a format we enjoy and it’s one I’m sure we’ll back ourselves in again this year.”