Floros works towards shield spot

He’s played in back-to-back national one-day titles and Jason Floros hopes the experience gained from his first English summer will help him force his way into the powerful Queensland Sheffield Shield team.
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The Canberra junior shared in the celebrations as the Bulls claimed a stunning five-wicket win in Sunday’s Ryobi Cup final against NSW at North Sydney Oval.

While the all-rounder missed out on the team for Wednesday’s shield season opener with South Australia at the Adelaide Oval, his former ACT under-19s teammate Ryan Carters will don the gloves in a star-studded NSW team featuring Australian captain Michael Clarke.

The wicketkeeper will make his first shield appearance for the Blues in the four-day match with Tasmania at Blacktown, also starting on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old played 11 shield games for Victoria before moving to NSW on a rookie contract.

Floros, 22, has made four first-class appearances for Queensland, but is earning a reputation as a short-form specialist.

His hard-hitting batting in the middle order along with his improving off-spin bowling make him a valuable proposition in the 50-over and Twenty20 formats.

Floros is coming off an enjoyable first stint in England as the import for club side Bishop’s Stortford.

”Being an overseas player over there they put a lot of pressure on you to perform and I guess playing professional cricket that’s what you want,” Floros said.

”You want to have that sort of pressure on you all the time so you get used to it.

”Being over there in an Ashes year was pretty daunting, especially when we’re losing.”

Floros will continue to press his claims for shield selection through the Brisbane grade competition.

He will then turn his focus to the Big Bash League where he has retained his spot with the Sydney Thunder.

Floros missed out with the bat in the Ryobi Cup final, making just two, to go with a handy five overs for just 25 runs with the ball.

He was on the edge of his seat as Chris Lynn plonked the first ball of the final over over the fence to make the most of Usman Khawaja’s chanceless innings of 104, which laid the platform for the victory.

”We’re in the box and when Lynny hit that last six, Usman jumped over the top of me and basically squashed me,” Floros laughed. ”It was amazing.”

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