Ben Cutting says he feels “no animosity” towards the Brisbane Heat anymore, despite his messy exit from the club ahead of BBL|10.
Ben Cutting insists he has let go of the “hurt” and “disappointment” caused by his messy divorce with the Brisbane Heat, as he prepares to face the side in the Sydney Thunder’s first match of BBL|11.
Cutting, a born-and-bred Queenslander, parted ways with the Heat ahead of BBL|10 after nine tournaments with the franchise.
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It didn’t take long for the Thunder to secure his services, and for the all-rounder to spill the beans on his unexpected departure from the Sunshine State.
“There is still a couple (staff members) left in management who were making the decisions and are probably the reason five or six of us did walk away,” Cutting said last year.
“Walking into my meeting at the end of the season and being told a few things that probably I didn’t think were true … it was disappointing.
“I’m at peace with it now, but it certainly hurt at the time.”
In a twist of fate, Cutting ended up squaring off with the Heat in The Knockout play-off last year, where the Thunder was eliminated despite Cutting’s unbeaten 34 runs.
Now, Cutting has the chance to even the ledger when he faces the Heat in Canberra on Monday.
He insists, though, that the fixture isn’t a grudge match, and that he enjoyed the on-field drama ignited by his exit last summer.
“I enjoyed that last year. It created some intensity on the field from both teams, and I think that can only be a good thing. Some of that brings out the best in players,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“There’s certainly no animosity there. I still see the guys every day back home in Brisbane, I train with them from time to time at the Queensland Bulls.
“They know my game inside and out and I probably know theirs as well.”
Cutting maintained that the pain of last year’s heartbreaking loss to the Heat in The Knockout wasn’t haunting his side ahead of the rematch.
“It’s not something we’ve been stewing on but it is something we’re looking forward to,” he said.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how (the Heat) play and set up their summer ahead.
“I think they’ll be a good side.”
One man who will be key to the Heat’s success on Monday night and in BBL|11 is former club captain Chris Lynn.
“He’s always a hard hitter of the cricket ball and he has no fear. When someone has those two qualities, they’re pretty tough to stop when they get going,” said Cutting.
“The kind of cricket he plays is what changes matches.”
As someone with extensive knowledge of the serial slogger’s game, Cutting said there was only one sure-fire way to play against Lynn, who has scored the most runs in BBL history.
“You’ve got to stop worrying about what he’s got to do or where he’s going to score and worry about your own processes and your own plans for him,” he said.
“You know that if he has a day out, there’s nothing you can do. You’ve just got to stick to your plans.
“Whatever happens, happens.”
Originally published as ‘No animosity’: Ben Cutting has put Heat hard feelings behind him