Jason Floros of the Bulls prepares to bowl.
Jason Floros of the Bulls prepares to bowl. Matt King

Floros honoured to assume Bulls captaincy

CRICKET: Jason Floros has already tasted success in one-day cricket with Queensland and now as he takes on the role of captain for this year's Matador Cup, he is looking for more.

Floros won the Ryobi Cup, as it was then called, with the Bulls in 2013 and 2014.

He played a starring role in the first final success over Victoria at the MCG, scoring 47 from 32 balls in a low-scoring game.

The following year he was not so prominent but still was part of the Queensland team that chased down New South Wales' total of 317, with Ben Cutting blasting 41 runs off 29 balls to take the title for the second year running.

Floros, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport, said it was great to be involved in those wins and he saw no reason why it could not happen again.

"Being part of those two wins was pretty exciting,” he told Australian Regional Media.

"It would be great to do it again this year.

"Our main goal is to win the competition and we are not fussed on how we do it.

"We have got enough guys who have been there and done that and other younger players who have no fear and just go out there to have some fun.

"I think we are in a good spot to go out there and win it again.”

Bulls coach Phil Jaques gave Floros, 25, a ringing endorsement when naming him Matador Cup captain in the absence of Usman Khawaja earlier this month.

"He captained the boys well on a few occasions during the pre-season and has done some good things in the past in that role for the Queensland Academy of Sport in the Futures League and for Wynnum-Manly in the Premier competition,” Jaques said.

Floros said he was taken aback when asked to take over the skipper's role with Khawaja in South Africa with the Australian ODI side, but was determined to take his chance with both hands.

"It is a complete honour and a privilege to captain Queensland,” he said.

"Obviously we would love Usman to be here but the captaincy is something I want in years to come.

"It was a bit of a surprise to get the call, but I have been part of leadership groups and done a bit of captaincy down the years, so I know I can do the job.”

Queensland's Matador Cup campaign begins on Saturday with a clash at Allan Border Field in Brisbane against a Cricket Australia XI.

The Bulls face Tasmania two days later at the same venue before heading to Perth to take on Western Australia and South Australia before flying to Sydney for the last part of the competition.

Floros, a left-handed bat and right-arm off-spinner, is also a gun in the field and reckons the blend the side has, including the experience of Ben Cutting, Joe Burns and Nathan Reardon, can help Queensland in the one-day competition.

"We have got an exciting group of young players mixed in with the guys who have been there and done that,” he said.

"The likes of Matt Renshaw and Marnus Labuschagne did well last year.

"Momentum is key with young players, so if we can get off to a winning start that will hold us in good stead.”

Floros has been in good form with the bat in pre-season, hitting a couple of 50s in trial matches for the Bulls.

He also smashed a century in a Premier Cricket one-day game on the weekend for Wynnum-Manly - 114 off 103 balls - as it beat Norths.

He would love that form to continue into the Matador Cup.

"It was nice to get a few runs,” he said.

"I am a bit sore at the moment but you don't mind that when you get a century.

"Hopefully now I can get the chance to get in the runs over the next few weeks.”

Queensland squad: Jason Floros (c), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Cameron Gannon, Peter George, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson.

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