The faith and failure that power David’s jet-setting journey

Three countries, eight days and a four on the last ball. Tim David is repaying Australia’s faith in him with his unusual cricket lifestyle

The final match of Australia’s home international season might once have been a chance for players to sit back and reflect. For Tim David, last week’s third T20 International against West Indies was the complete opposite.

The faith and failure that power David’s jet-setting journey

After David had continued his post-Big Bash resurgence by blasting four sixes in the Aussies’ doomed chase at Perth Stadium on Tuesday last week, the T20 freelancer made a brisk dash from his hometown ground to the airport as soon as the match concluded.

A little more than 24 hours later, 11-and-a-half of those spent on an overnight flight to Dubai, David was pulling on the blue uniform of MI Emirates for a qualifying final in the ILT20 which had been rearranged partly to accommodate his availability.

He hit four more boundaries to help the UAE franchise owned by his Indian Premier League team, Mumbai Indians, into a final he would not be able to play due to Australia’s Chappell-Hadlee T20I series against New Zealand.

The following Wednesday in Wellington, David showed no signs of fatigue as he prepared for his third game in as many countries in the space of eight days.

He hit sixes on his fifth, sixth and eighth balls before hitting a match-winning four on the last ball of the game.

“We’ve seen it around the world, and now we’re starting to really see it added to the Australian colors as well,” coach Andrew McDonald said.

“It’s really pleasing, and to have Tim David finish a game like this for Australia is an exciting prospect.”

“We’ve seen it around the world, and now we’re starting to really see it added to the Australian colors as well,” coach Andrew McDonald said.

“It’s really pleasing, and to have Tim David finish a game like this for Australia is an exciting prospect.”

The 27-year-old’s spirited journey, supported by Australia’s team management, highlights how his increasingly open-mindedness about the new world of global franchise cricket could make him one of their trump cards for this year’s World Cup. Have helped.

David is actually a unique prospect for Australian cricket, as he has no state contract (and did not have a national contract until he met the threshold to be upgraded late last year) as he is primarily an all-rounder. Earns his living by playing in T20 league. World.

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To date, he has played 214 T20 matches and zero first-class matches.

Given his non-traditional cricket lifestyle, David can easily move away from an international program that typically requires a more structured graduation.

His struggles last summer for the Hobart Hurricanes (the only team for which he plays regularly on home soil), for whom he scored only 112 runs at an average of 16 in nine innings during the recent KFC BBL, were may also have been viewed less sympathetically by the national selectors.

But it is an acknowledgment that players like David will fail more often than succeed in the finishing role, where they often have to attempt to hit boundaries from the moment they reach the crease.

Armed with the knowledge that the belief remained in him despite a poor BBL, David achieved his best performance in a remarkably short period of time.

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In his next 10 matches in the month following the BBL, first playing for MI Emirates and then playing for the three-match T20I series against West Indies in Australia, he scored 266 runs from just 149 balls at a strike-rate of 178.

The right-handed batsman remained not out in six of those 10 innings, which included all three innings against the West Indies.

The greatest reward for David’s faith came at the Sky Stadium, when he bowled Tim Southee with a yorker that most (including by Mitch Marsh’s own admission, his captain and batting partner at the time) had no power to produce. . Limit.

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“It’s a long journey,” coach Andrew McDonald said. “I think whenever you’re in those final roles, it’s full of failure on that journey.

“To be able to come out the other side and come out, and when you get the opportunity to be in those circumstances and then take advantage of the opportunity, it takes a lot of mental strength.


“But there’s also a lot of skill, high level skill. It’s powerful hitting, it’s something different.

“We have seen some great death hitters over time and sometimes in the opposition teams.

“It’s a scary proposition when he comes out to the crease for an opposition bowler.

“I think the journey and the setbacks along the way created the player you see today.”

David will be under threat again in the final two matches of the series at Auckland’s Eden Park, a rugby ground whose straight boundaries are so small that it would not be allowed to host international cricket if its use for top-flight games was not approved by the ICC. yes. Regulations on minimum ground dimensions.

From there he will return to the T20 circuit with Mumbai Indians in the IPL before joining Australia for Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign in the Caribbean in June.

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21 February: 1st T20: Australia won by six wickets with 0 balls remaining

February 23: 2nd T20, Auckland, 5.10pm AEDT

25 February: 3rd T20, Auckland, 11am AEDT

Australia T20 squad: Mitchell Marsh (captain), Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

New Zealand T20 squad: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, Rachin Ravindra, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Mitchell Santner (captain), Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult.

29 February – 4 March: 1st Test, Wellington, 9am AEDT

March 8-12: 2nd Test, Christchurch, 9am AEDT

Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vice-captain), Mitchell stark

New Zealand Test team: Tim Southee (captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Will O’Rourke, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson. , Will Young.

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