Bulls' Cutting back in the game after major groin surgery
QUEENSLAND paceman Ben Cutting is back bowling off his long run up following groin surgery in March which ended his hopes of playing in the Ashes.
Now the 26-year-old is keen to put his injury woes behind him, thinking about the future and not what might have been.
Cutting, who played three ODIs and two Twenty20s for Australia last summer, missed the Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania for the second consecutive season.
While the Bulls were missing his firepower in the defeat against Tasmania in Hobart, Cutting was going under the knife.
He aggravated an existing groin problem while playing for Australia A in a one-dayer against the England Lions, ironically in Hobart.
The slate has now been wiped clean, and Cutting is focused on doing the hard yards with Queensland when pre-season officially starts on June 11.
If all continues to go well, the paceman might have a crack at the Sri Lankan Twenty20 Premier League in August, but said that was not a done deal yet.
In the meantime, he is focused on getting stronger, even if that means moving furniture into his new house - but unlike his former teammate-turned-chef, Matthew Hayden, Cutting said he was staying well clear of the kitchen.
"Haydos (Hayden) is a legend in there (a kitchen)," he said with a laugh.
"It's amazing what he can do - my cooking ability is, well let us say ... very ordinary.
"He has given me a few tips over the years, but they seem to have fallen on deaf ears."
With his cooking a recipe for disaster, what does Cutting see on the menu when it comes to the battle for the Ashes?
"Like every Australian, I'd love to see us win, but I reckon it will finish 2-all and rain will ruin at least one Test - how's that for sitting on the fence," he said.
"Seriously though, for us to be competitive, Brad Haddin has got to play.
"He's a fighter and we need that in the team - the same goes for Chris Rogers and Ryano (his Queensland teammate Ryan Harris).
"Those guys will give you their all every time and they have so much experience behind them.
"Rogers and Ryano have proven themselves over the years they have played county cricket in England, and you cannot beat that."