22/05/2024

Aussie IPL million dollar man Tim David is firmly on the radar of Australian head selector George Bailey. Image: cricket.com.au

With the T20 world Cup coming up later this year, Australia is hoping to defend its title and win in consecutive years, Tim David has emerged as a player head selector George Bailey is keeping his eye on

Australia is hoping to defend their T20 world cup trophy coming up later this year, selectors are looking to bring in new players to top up and regenerate the squad

These include players such as Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, and Tim David.

Being relatively unknown until recently Tim David has provided George Bailey and the other selectors with a middle-order alternative coming into the Twenty20 World Cup at the end of the year.

When asked if David is on the radar coming into the Twenty20 World Cup at the end of the year, selector George Bailey simply answered “Yes absolutely.”

The Singapore-born middle-order batsman is in the form of his life playing across different Twenty20 domestic leagues such as the Big Bash League, Indian Premier League, and Pakistan Super League. While normally coming into bat around 5 or 6, he has been a key force in closing off the innings for his designated team and is a handy off-spinner when needed. With more former and current players realising how good David is the selectors have kept a close eye on him.

“I think the skill set that he provides and where in particular he is forging a bit of a reputation in that middle order,” Bailey said.

“It’s a high pressure, high risk-high reward spot to bat and when you are there you are expected to either finish an innings off batting first or ice the game when batting second.”

Alongside a strike rate of 159.00, David averages 32.96 runs in all Twenty20 matches played, passing 50 on nine occasions to boot. His bowling has been crucial in helping the team an over or two having bowled 29 times in his 91 matches played.

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David is currently in the Indian Premier League playing alongside fellow Aussies Riley Meredith and Daniel Sams for the Mumbai Indians. Having to contend with other international players like West Indian Kieron Pollard for a spot in the team he has come into his own and played in three of their five matches, with a strike rate of 118.18.

“We’ve really enjoyed watching (him) and he continues (to get) a good opportunity in the IPL. [Indian Premier League].” Bailey said.

“(Hopefully) those skills continue to get exposed and he continues to grow.”

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