By George, he’s doing it
Peter George is a proud South Australian, but he will be doing all he can to help his adopted state reach the Sheffield Shield final.
Queensland takes on Western Australia in the final round, starting today, a win almost assuring it of contesting the title-decider.
George moved to the Sunshine State last year looking to rebuild a career which had stalled after reaching a high with a one and only Test appearance for Australia against India in 2010.
It was a gamble that paid off for the 29-year-old 203cm fast bowler, who has been one of the keys to a surprisingly successful season for what appeared to be a Bulls team in transition.
George has taken 18 wickets this campaign behind only veteran all-rounder James Hopes (25), James Wildermuth (23) and Mark Steketee (22).
He said he was not expecting the season to turn out the way it had because the team had a number of youngsters but was glad to be playing for Queensland.
"It's all been a bit of a bonus," he told Australian Regional Media.
"But it's a fantastic opportunity for us to get to a Sheffield Shield final.
"I love playing for this state. I am now a Queenslander at heart. I love the lifestyle and playing for Queensland has been a new lease on my career."
The Bulls go into the final round of Sheffield Shield matches just .96 of a point behind leader Victoria, which takes on New South Wales in Alice Springs today.
Those three sides are pushing to host the Shield final, with George's home state, South Australia, also in the mix to reach the decider.
Taking on a WA team to feature Test stars Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges and rising star Cameron Bancroft, George is taking nothing for granted, although the Gabba has been good for the Bulls this season.
They have now won nine straight times at the Gabba having not lost there since March 2013.
"I really enjoy playing there," George said of the venue. "For the backhalf of this season at least we have made it a fortress for want of a better word. We own this ground and pride will not let us give that up. We will make teams have to work hard to get points off us."
George is ready for anything over the next four days and ideally would like a quick finish with a Bulls win but he stays with another cliché when it comes to this clash.
"The thing we have done really well this season has been sticking to our processes," he said.
"I know it's a cliché but we cannot get too far ahead of ourselves.
"It is really exciting and makes for good cricket because there are so many teams vying for a final spot.
"But we can't get too worried about everything else and the what ifs.
"We just have to stick with what we know."
Queensland is unchanged from the team which beat Victoria at the Gabba last time out.