21/02/2024

Jake Fraser-McGurk scored a 21-ball half-century last night (Photo: Dani Brown)

‘It’s all about confidence baby!’ 

Generating widespread acclaim, ‘Confidence’ by Ocean Alley has been an anthem for young Australians since its release in February 2018.

The 2018 Triple J Hottest 100 winning song also describes the secret behind the summer of Melbourne Renegades batter Jake Fraser-McGurk.  

Beginning with the fastest One-Day century in history in October, the 21-year-old has displayed the same aggression in his first two innings of the BBL season.

Fraser-McGurk launched 48 off 24 deliveries in Sydney in their opening game, before putting on a masterclass last night against the Brisbane Heat. He found the boundary eight times (seven of those were maximums) as he powered to 55 off 23.  

The Renegades youngster credits a boost in confidence for his surge in form.

“I’ve always had that sort of aggression but the confidence with that aggression is something that’s come in this year,” he said.

“Obviously the innings’ that I’ve had before Christmas in the One Day stuff [competition] has given me that confidence that I can do it out here against some of the best players in the world.” 

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Relishing in his role at three, Fraser-McGurk has been called to the crease earlier than expected. In the Sixers game, he entered within the first over after Nic Maddinson fell for six. Last night he was handed a similar task. South African import Quinton de Kock was dismissed for a duck in the second over, sending the youngster out to bat. 

Batting at three generally has its added responsibility. An anchor preventing their side from a batting collapse, runs are not as prevalent. However, the Renegades have given the Victorian the luxury to play with freedom. 

“The first two games, I went out there at 1/6 and 1/1,” he said.

“I’ve opened the batting in One-Day cricket, so I just went to whatever that would be as if I was playing for South Australia in a One-Day fixture and tapped into that.” 

Although his innings last night was not enough to get the Renegades over the line, Fraser-McGurk received high praise from the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Ricky Ponting. Appreciative of the sentiments from two established cricketing figures in Australia, he jokingly hoped he could have displayed this performance prior to the IPL auction on Tuesday night. 

“It’s obviously going to feel pretty good, isn’t it? [They’re] two greats of Australian cricket,” he said.

“I sort of wish this game was a couple of days before the IPL draft, it could have been a bit different.

“It’s always good to have those sorts of people comment on your game and in such good praise.”

The Melbourne Renegades will travel to Hobart to take on the Hobart Hurricanes tomorrow night at Blundstone Arena. 

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