BBL 2019-20: 5 top-performing players who can break into Australia’s T20 squad
Be it the Caribbean, the Indian sub-continent or down under, T20 leagues have led to the discoveries of some of biggest names in world cricket today.
Updated - Dec 17, 2019 6:36 pm
In the last decade or so, T20 leagues have popped up across the globe. And, with that has come an excellent opportunity for un-recognised youngsters. The opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a global audience and make it to their respective national squads.
Be it the Caribbean, the Indian sub-continent or down under, T20 leagues have led to the discoveries of some of biggest names in world cricket today. The Big Bash League played in Australia has also been a launchpad for many. It has been shedding light on those ‘talented lads’ as the Aussies like to call them.
And, has made them come into the national set-up in no time. This season’s player roster too has some names that have been doing well and are in strong contention for a spot in the national squad. Also, with the T20 World Cup coming closer with each passing day, the selectors will definitely be on the hunt to find a backup for their stars or a trump card, upon whose mystery factor they can count on.
So, here’s a list of five such players whose performance in this season of the BBL can prove to be their ticket to the Australian T20 team’s dressing room:
Hailing from Tasmania, Riley Meridith is one such name, on which selectors will have their eyes pinned on. Meridith made his BBL debut in the 2017-18 season playing for the Hobart Hurricanes. With an ability to keep the clock speeds ticking above 140 kmph consistently, Riley makes a strong case for himself. He has been doing well in the Aussie domestic circuit and has been a regular feature in his state’s domestic side. But, injuries have played a spoilsport for him.
Due to his injury problems, he had to stay out of action for about two years. He was finally able to make his domestic debut in 2017 and since then there has been no looking back for him. In his two and a half year-long career, he has represented the Hobart Hurricanes and his home state Tasmania on 50 occasions altogether and has done well in most of them.
In the 63 innings he has bowled in so far, Meridith has picked up 93 wickets and has credited to his name, four 4 wicket hauls and one 5 wicket haul. With all the stats, form and strength baking him up, he will be looking to replicate some his best performances in this season of the BBL and make his case of being picked up in the Australian T20 team a whole lot stronger.