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Full name Benjamin Colin James Cutting
Born January 30, 1987, Sunnybank, Brisbane, Queensland
Current age 28 years 57 days
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Australian Centre of Excellence, Australian Institute of Sports, Brisbane Heat, Queensland, Queensland Academy of Sport, Queensland Under-19s, Rajasthan Royals, South Brisbane
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 1.92 m
Education Sunnybank Hills State School; Brisbane Grammar School
|ODI debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Adelaide, Jan 13, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Australia at Harare, Aug 31, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney, Jan 26, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Nov 5, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane, Oct 12-15, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Queensland v South Australia at Brisbane, Mar 13-16, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Western Australia v Queensland at Perth, Oct 11, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney, Oct 24, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Queensland v New South Wales at Brisbane, Dec 26, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes at Brisbane, Jan 15, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/56, 31, 5/88, 0||Queensland||v South Aust||Brisbane||13 Mar 2015||FC|
|3/36, 8, 0/25||Qld U23s||v Vic U23s||Melbourne||2 Mar 2015||Other|
|0/31, 20, 1/50||Queensland||v Victoria||Brisbane||7 Feb 2015||FC|
|24, 1/33||Heat||v Hurricanes||Brisbane||15 Jan 2015||T20|
|30, 0/12||Heat||v Melb Reneg||Melbourne (Docklands)||13 Jan 2015||T20|
|11, 0/20||Heat||v Syd Sixers||Brisbane||11 Jan 2015||T20|
|1, 1/19||Heat||v Scorchers||Perth||8 Jan 2015||T20|
|21, 0/12||Heat||v Strikers||Brisbane||4 Jan 2015||T20|
|19, 0/14||Heat||v Hurricanes||Hobart||2 Jan 2015||T20|
|27, 0/25||Heat||v Melb Stars||Brisbane||28 Dec 2014||T20|
Ben Cutting was discussed as a national prospect after leading the 2009-10 Sheffield Shield wicket list with 46 victims at 23.91. There was even talk that if he hadn't been involved in the final at the MCG it might have been him heading to New Zealand to join the Test squad as a standby player instead of South Australia's Peter George. Finally, he did get a chance against that team, when he was named in Australia's squad for the Gabba Test in the 2011-12 season.
Capable of creating steepling bounce from his 1.92m height, Cutting owns two types of bouncer, including a very fast one which often surprises the batsmen. He used all his weapons to help Queensland last summer, holding up the bowling while Chris Hartley carried the batting.
A career-best 6 for 37 came against Tasmania and he picked up the Test players Phil Jaques, Phillip Hughes and Simon Katich on the way to 5 for 82 against New South Wales. He added another 15 victims in the one-day competition and made useful, often brutal, contributions with the bat. However, the off-season was spent recovering from ankle surgery.
Cutting benefitted from a raft of injuries to make his Pura Cup debut in the first game of the 2007-08 season. After starting with a legside delivery that went for five wides against Tasmania, he captured three wickets in a strong opening, but from there his summer was upset by a nagging side strain. He returned to the Academy in 2008, having impressed the coaches there in 2007, and built on the gains made as part of the Australia Under-19 team that reached the semi-finals of the 2006 Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka. In 2008-09 he waited until the end of the season to add to his Sheffield Shield tally, playing three matches, including the final, and capturing eight wickets.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.