Queensland batsman Peter Forrest says he won’t be weighed down by expectation of repeating a golden summer of run-scoring.
Forrest will be a linchpin of the Bulls’ batting line-up in Sunday’s one-dayer against South Australia in Adelaide.
But he says returning to the Australian outfit will be far from his mind during the day-night encounter between two states who suffered losses to open the limited overs tournament.
Forrest last summer went from relative obscurity into the Australian team and performed with aplomb, but says his focus now is strictly on performing for the Bulls.
“Everything I did last summer turned to gold,” Forrest said.
“I couldn’t have dreamt of the season I had.
“I suppose now there is expectation on me to do the same thing this year but representative honours are the furthest from my mind at the moment.
“All I want to do is make sure I’m scoring runs for Queensland and contribute to them winning games.
“If I’m doing that and a spot arises, happy days.
“If not, I’ll enjoy my time with the Bulls.”
The Bulls recalled paceman Luke Feldman for the clash against the Redbacks, who won the one-day title last season.
Queensland, after losing their one-day series opener against Victoria, also named spinner Brad Ipson while dropping Michael Neser and Cameron Gannon.
The Redbacks retained the same 12 players who were beaten by Tasmania by three runs last Sunday.
SA: Johan Botha (capt), Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Jake Haberfield, Phil Hughes, Michael Klinger, Tim Ludeman, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Daniel Worrall (12th man to be named).
Queensland: James Hopes (capt), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Peter Forrest, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, Brad Ipson, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Nathan Reardon (12th man to be named).