Jan 212013

Ben Laughlin

Ben Laughlin celebrates claiming a wicket for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash. Source: The Mercury

BEN Laughlin might just be the last man to hold down a “normal” job while representing Australia.

The 30-year-old fast-medium bowler was included in the Twenty20 squad to take on Sri Lanka announced yesterday, but will have to give up a day’s work as a carpenter to fly to Sydney ahead of Saturday’s game.

While Laughlin was the leading Big Bash wicket-taker for the Hurricanes, he does not have a state contract and was cut by Queensland three seasons ago before moving to Tasmania.

“I’d be on the tools, that’s where I’d be right now,” Laughlin said at yesterday’s press conference.

“I’ve actually got to go and get on the tools after this.

“Cricket is cricket and it is great to get paid to do what you do, but there is always normal life once that’s done.

“I still try and do a bit of carpentry stuff here and there to keep the body ticking over.”

Laughlin represented Australia in five one-dayers and a T20 game in 2009, but has jumped back into calculation with his superb use of slower balls which he bowls for the vast majority of his spell.

“I might even be an off-spinner in the four-day game one of these days you never know,” he said.

“I don’t think I’ll change too much bowling on two drop in wickets (ANZ Stadium and the MCG), they will probably be quite effective on those.

“I don’t think I’ll be changing my game at all at this level.”

Laughlin has tasted life on the T20 circuit having played in the Sri Lankan Premier League, but is not ready to give up on the other formats just yet.

“Obviously the money is there so it is an attractive thing,” Laughlin said.

“But I really enjoy my one-day cricket and being around a team in the best domestic competition is great, so if you do go that T20 route that all disappears pretty quick.

“It is nice to have that team down here in Tassie.” 

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