Gatton star Chris shines at the Gabba
IT MAY have been only two deliveries, but former Gatton cricketer Chris Sabburg made a huge impression in the First Ashes Test at the Gabba on Sunday, taking the catch to remove batsman Kevin Pietersen just as the English innings began to look stable.
Sabburg, who was serving as the Australian team's 13th man during the game, had spent the previous three days on drinks duty, although Australian coach Darren Lehmann had given him the nod to take the field if a player needed resting.
"Boof (Lehmann) had told me I was first choice as a replacement fielder, but most of the time I was taking drinks out to fielders, and making sure I had fresh gloves to run out to Pup (Australian captain Michael Clarke) when he was batting," Sabburg said.
With scant warning he would be needed, Sabburg said he was told at the drinks break to stay on the field, patrolling a section of outfield behind the wicketkeeper.
"I didn't really have time to think, I just got in position at fine leg, the ball came pretty flat, I just had to steady myself and watch it into my hands.
"It was great that it was Pietersen, he is a huge player."
Describing the moment as "pretty surreal", Sabburg said he had discussed the possibility of him spending time on the field with his father before the Test.
"Dad said to me I should make sure I either catch Pietersen, or run him out, he has such an impact on the game, and I did!"
Although Sabburg secured the final Brisbane Heat T20 contract, he is still keen to bring himself to the attention of Queensland Bulls selectors.
"I am just doing my best, putting my hand up to help where I can, the way to get picked for the Bulls is to be scoring runs and taking wickets, and that is what I am trying to do."
Cricket fans have an opportunity to see Sabburg in action this Saturday, when he lines up for his first grade club Toombul against Ipswich- Logan at Ivor Marsden Memorial Park, Old Toowoomba Rd, Leichhardt at 10am.