Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

SAM BATTING ON AFTER QLD AXING; Truloff Appreciates Support during Dramatic Week

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

SAM BATTING ON AFTER QLD AXING; Truloff Appreciates Support during Dramatic Week

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

QUEENSLAND Bulls prospect Sam Truloff appreciates all the support from Ipswich family, friends and former coaches after a dramatic 24 hours in his cricket career.

After being called into the Queensland Bulls side playing South Australia at the Gabba today, Truloff was suddenly replaced when Australian players Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns were sent back to the Sheffield Shield competition.

That followed Australia's dismal Second Test performance in Hobart.

But far from being shattered after the initial decision, Truloff has accepted it with the same mature approach he has adopted in his batting.

"There's always positives to take out of it,'' Truloff, 23, said.

"It was pretty tough to take yesterday but you look at it on the positive note that I'm being replaced by a Test player.''

Truloff was originally named to make his first-class and Sheffield Shield debut in the game.

The former Marburg cricketer was then told he was being replaced, along with another Bulls player Charlie Hemphrey.

"I went in for training yesterday morning and had a full session with the guys, the team and nutted out where I was fielding and where I was batting and whatever,'' he said.

"Then after lunch it all sort of changed.''

Truloff's initial selection came after some outstanding performances for the Queensland Second XI in recent Futures Leagues matches.

The former Australian under-19 batsman scored 100 against Tasmania and 100 and 90 against Victoria, proving he was ready for a step up to Shield cricket.

"I'm just happy to be consistent at the moment,'' Truloff (pictured) said.

"There's just been a few little mental changes I think and technically wise, I'm pretty happy where I am at.

"All the batters in the squad say once you get your head in the trough, don't get out and just keep piling them on. …

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