Which prized Australian wicket are the Hornets after?
IPSWICH/LOGAN paceman Adam Smith admits there is a mixture of excitement and nerves as he prepares to face the world-standard hitting of Chris Lynn tomorrow.
The Brisbane Heat opener and Australian contracted player will make a rare return to club cricket this weekend, padding up with junior club Toombul for the opening round of Brisbane Premier Grade T20s.
And the Hornets will be at Oxenham Park to greet him.
"We're excited for the challenge,” Smith said, speaking on behalf of the Hornets bowlers.
"Whenever you get the chance to play against a really good player, it's exciting.
"There's nerves there, but we're just taking it as a normal game. We understand he's a good player, but everyone can knick them.”
Smith is aware things can go one of two ways.
"We either get him early, or he takes us for a thousand,” he laughed.
"We just control what we can. If he gets away from us, he gets away from us. He's a good player.”
Coach Aaron Moore echoed the words of his fast bowler.
"There's always a bit of excitement when you get a chance to test your skills against a player like that. It creates a great atmosphere,” Moore said.
"All our guys have put their hand up to have a crack at him.”
The Hornets open their T20 campaign against Valleys tomorrow in the morning session, before travelling down the road to Oxenham Park for a date with Lynn and Toombul.
On Sunday they host Uni at Ivor Marsden.
Smith said he is looking forward to shorter spells in the field after a brutal few months of two-day cricket.
He hopes a change in format will also help him rediscover an edge to his bowling he feels has been missing recently.
"There's been some pretty big days spent in the field lately, I think the body is looking forward to it to be honest,” he said.
"I probably haven't bowled to the best of my ability this year to be honest. It's been a frustrating time for me. I'm still working hard, doing the extras and stuff, it just hasn't come out in a game just yet.
"All I can do is keep working at it.”
After good mate Harry Wood threw him under the bus, saying Smith was the bowler most likely to trouble Lynn tomorrow, he turned the tables.
Smith believes Wood can be the key to the Hornets' success in the short format.
"He's a class player. I reckon his form with the bat can take us a long way,” Smith said of Wood.
"He showed it last year in the T20s, his ability to bat through an innings. If we lose a wicket early, we have confidence he can come in and get a good 60-odd.
"Even with the ball, he's a big player for us.”
Outside of Wood, Smith is anxious to see how youngsters Will Trigar and Bryn Llewellyn take to the "freedom” of T20s.
"Will and Bryn, they're exciting players to watch for the future,” Smith said.