21/04/2024

Fraser-McGurk smashed a century off 29 deliveries (Photo: West End Redbacks / X)

There are good days, there are great days, and then there’s the day that Jake Fraser-McGurk had yesterday. The 21-year-old is now a world-record holder after making a 29-ball century for South Australia in their Marsh One-Day Cup fixture against Tasmania.

Fraser-McGurk surpassed the record for the quickest century in a one-day match of 31 deliveries set by AB De Villiers against the West Indies in 2015. He says that it was one of those days where everything aligned. 

“When you’re in that zone, everything just feels like it’s gonna happen nicely and you just know where the bowlers gonna bowl,” he says.

“It’s something you want to [have happen to you] every single time you bat but never happens.”

The opening batsman’s quickfire century wasn’t the only record broken on Sunday, Tasmania’s 9/435 is now the highest team score in the Australian Domestic One-Day competition. It meant that the Redbacks had their backs against the wall from the get-go.

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Scoring 125 off 38 balls, including 13 sixes, the former Victorian had two domestic half-centuries to his name prior to yesterday, but was never able to capitalise on his starts. Fraser-McGurk says that he hopes that this could be a sign of things to come.  

“I feel like I’ve got that big one under my belt and hopefully the first of many,” he says.

Despite the individual accolades that came with yesterday’s game, South Australia ultimately lost by 37 runs, continuing their winless start to the season. The-right hander believes that they are edging closer to their first victory of the 2023/24 campaign.

“We’ve been very close. We’ve made 350 against WA and almost 400 against Tasmania,” he says.

“Things are coming together and hopefully they come together pretty soon.”

As for Fraser-McGurk, he intends on playing with the same attacking style that was on display yesterday. However, he says that he hopes that he can play aggressively while spending more time at the crease.

“I’m a very aggressive player but with good intent as well,” he says.

“It’s more about making those good decisions more often and being out in the middle for a lot longer than 20 balls.” 

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