IPL 2018: Billy Stanlake confident of doing well for SRH in the tournament

He also credited his recent success to Ricky Ponting.

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Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake is being looked at as one of the bowlers to watch out for in the near future for the country. Recently he bowled really well in T20I tri-series which also included England and New Zealand. The 6ft 8in bowler made his ODI debut way back in January 2017 but only started to make waves earlier this year during the T20I series at home. However, Stanlake is confident of doing well in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL).

He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the auction in January for his base price of Rs 50 Lakhs. The lanky fast bowler has credited his success to the former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting who was the assistant coach during the T20 series.

I have an idea of sub-continent conditions

Billy Stanlake, while speaking to Sportstar, thanked Ricky Ponting for his inputs during the Trans-Tasman T20I series. “Yeah, Punter (Ponting) was awesome to have around the group. From the very start, he instilled a lot of confidence in me and the group as well. After the first game, he said I had found a blueprint going forward that would trouble the best batters around the world. So to hear him say such great things was wonderful. His overall knowledge and approach to the game everyone just seemed to feed off,” he said.

Stanlake also believed that his strength is bowling fast and he will get accurate after playing more cricket. “I think (my strength) is being able to mix my height and speed as well as being fairly accurate which is continuing to get better with more cricket I start playing,” the 23-year-old added. However, he was quite confident of doing well in the IPL for SRH this season as he has the idea of the sub-continent conditions.

“I’ve been over to the sub-continent a few times, so I have a bit of an idea of what to expect now,” Stanlake concluded while speaking about his chances of faring well in the T20 extravaganza.

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