Queensland wicketkeeper Wade Seccombe justified a joke on team-mates as he lifted the Bulls to a four-wicket victory over Tasmania in the ING Cup one-day match at the Gabba today.
The Tigers set Queensland a target of 220 and looked like upsetting the home side when the Bulls slumped to 5-125 but thanks to the heroics of their gloveman, they reached 6-221.
Seccombe joined Clinton Perren at the crease with the game in the balance and played a gem of an innings, reaching his half-century off just 43 balls including seven beautifully struck boundaries.
The 31-year-old Ashes tourist finished undefeated on 67 off 57 balls to complete his highest score in the domestic one-day competition.
Nathan Hauritz hit the winning runs with two overs to spare.
In the Bulls' media guide, more than half the Queensland players nominated Seccombe as their most admired player.
However, it was Seccombe who filled out most of the profiles as his Bulls team-mates were overseas at the time.
The Bulls players won't be asking for amendments after Seccombe played with poise and controlled aggression and dominated the match-winning 81-run stand with Clinton Perren, who made 60.
Seccombe said he had not done any extra work on his batting in the off-season and was surprised at how well he struck the ball.
"My aim was to be positive, I probably haven't been as positive as I could have been in situations like that in the past," he said.
"If I could bottle that I would."
Seccombe also took three catches in Tasmania's innings including a superb diving effort to his right to remove the dangerous Michael DiVenuto off the bowling of young left-armer Mitchell Johnson.
The injury-plagued Johnson displayed an all-too-rare glimpse of his cricketing ability with an eye-catching spell of 4-37.
Johnson, who suffered a stress fracture in his back last season, made the initial breakthrough when he had DiVenuto caught behind.
Johnson completed his four-wicket haul when he had Damien Wright caught behind by Seccombe to break their promising partnership.
Johnson did not bowl for 12 months and wore a back brace to overcome his injury and only played club cricket as a batsman last season.