Queensland’s 19-year-old opener Max Bryant is just 12 List A matches old but already has the record for the fastest ever 50 by a Queenslander
Queensland’s 19-year-old opener Max Bryant is just 12 List A matches old but already has the record for the fastest ever 50 by a Queenslander

Queensland’s 19-year-old opener Max Bryant is just 12 List A matches old but already has the record for the fastest ever 50 by a Queenslander (23 balls) in interstate 50-over cricket, when he smashed 71 off 32 balls against South Australia in the ongoing JLT One-Day Cup.

Even though Queensland finished  bottom of the table with just one win in five matches, they have qualified for the semi-finals.  Bryant, part of the Australian U-19 team that made to the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, made heads turn with his aggressive batting.

He has so far registered scores of 30, 23, 21, 71, 36 and 45, striking the ball at 143.94, the second highest in the competition for players who has scored over 200 runs – behind DÁrcy Short (145.74).

And there’s no surprise who the Gold Coaster draws inspiration from for his hard-hitting – David Warner.

“I grew up trying to hit the ball as hard as I could and my game went from there,’’ Bryant told foxsports.com.au, adding, “I admired Warner. He or AB de Villiers were my favourites.’’

Similar to Warner, Bryant also played rugby league before making the shift to cricket, which he says was always his preferred choice.

“I do miss rugby league but not as much anymore because I love playing cricket. I had a really good off-season. I got fitter and stronger and worked on my strengths and weaknesses. It was not so much dropping weight because I have put it on with muscle.” he said.

Queensland will be playing Tasmania in JLT One-Day Cup semi-final at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday.