He fell as quickly as he rose but Peter Forrest believes he’s a better cricketer now than when he was a one-day player for Australia.
Good or bad, Peter Forrest doesn’t do things by half in his cricket career.
Frustrated by a lack of opportunity with NSW, Forrest moved north to Queensland in 2011 and six months later was making a one-day international hundred for Australia.
After 15 ODIs in six months and narrowly missing out on a Test debut while on a tour of the Caribbean, Forrest’s international career came to a sudden halt.
By the start of last summer Forrest’s form had slipped so dramatically new Bulls coach Stuart Law left him out of Queensland’s squad for the domestic one-day cup.
Devastated by the axing, Forrest went away and says he developed a ruthless attitude towards his preparation and training.
That decision paid almost instant dividends as the 28-year-old belted 823 runs to finish last summer’s Sheffield Shield as Queensland’s top scorer.
“That was a massive kick in the guts, that was huge,” Forrest told AAP.
“I realised I wasn’t doing my job … I understand now more than ever you have to score runs.
“My philosophy now is very, very simple, I don’t get caught up in the other stuff.”
Forrest’s form earned him an Australia A berth for matches against India A and South Africa A in the winter, showing he’s still in national selectors’ minds.
It’s raised the prospect that a strong showing in this summer’s domestic one-day cup, starting in Brisbane on Saturday, might give Forrest a chance of an ODI recall before next year’s World Cup.
Not that the stocky right-hander is thinking that far ahead.
“It’s very cliche but I’m worried about doing my job for Queensland, if rep honours come from that, happy days,” he said.
“I think I’m a much better player now than what I was when I played for Australia.
“If it comes my way I’ll be that excited but it’s not what I’m looking at at the moment.
“Playing the game you know how quickly things can change but when you experience that and have to fight your way back from a real low point, you learn a lot about yourself and about your game.”