Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'What's Best for the Team'; No Retirement Plans for Hornets' Wilson, but Open to Role Change

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'What's Best for the Team'; No Retirement Plans for Hornets' Wilson, but Open to Role Change

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Byline: Callum Dick Callum.Dick@qt.com.au

Cricket: The emergence of up and coming stars has made Ipswich/Logan Hornets veteran Dan Wilson consider what his cricketing future might look like.

The Hornets closed out their latest Brisbane Premier Cricket First Grade campaign with a loss to Sunshine Coast at the weekend.

Wilson, the club's long-time premier batsman and batting coach said he would "have a think during the off-season about what my intentions are for cricket next season" when discussing his role at the club beyond this year.

"I don't think it's a realistic option that I won't play cricket next year. Probably what's up for debate is what role I play in the team, and I'll basically do whatever Anthony and Aaron want me to do," Wilson said.

Statistically, Wilson still deserves First Grade consideration. His season average of 33.67 ranked third at the Hornets behind Harry Wood (43.76) and Levi Thomson-Matthews (38.81).

His one-day form (103.5 average at 98.6) was third-best in the competition, and went a long way toward the Hornets reaching the semi-finals for the first time.

But it is "for the long term benefit of the club" that Wilson says he is willing to have the conversation with skipper and coach, adding there would be no standing in the way of a potential recruit or promising Second Grade player taking his place in the top team.

"I'm at the stage where I'm happy to do that," Wilson said.

"Not playing isn't on my agenda. But what role I play, and whether that's First or Second Grade is probably up for debate.

"And I'd be very much guided by what they (Anthony and Aaron) want me to do."

When Wilson made the voluntary decision to move down the order after Christmas, it was something of a symbolic changing of the guard at the Hornets.

He believes Wood and Thomson-Matthews can be considered "the two best players at the top of the order" at the Hornets now, and backed the talented pair to "take their game to that next step" in 2019-20. …

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