World Cup 2019: Ashton Turner knows why he missed out on a spot in Australian squad
The 26-year-old is now eyeing a return to the national side.
Updated - May 3, 2019 10:54 am
The five-time World Champions Australia will be eagerly looking forward to defending their crown come May 30 in England and Wales as the ICC World Cup 2019 begins. Australia has already announced their 15-member WC squad which sees Aaron Finch leading the Men in Yellow with Steve Smith and David Warner returning to the fold.
However, one member of the Australian team, who made their ODI debut recently, may have been on that flight to the UK, if not for an unfortunate incident that happened to him. That player is all-rounder Ashton Turner, who made quite an impression in the Mohali ODI against India, when he helped Usman Khawaja (91) and Peter Handscomb (117) chase down the 359-run target by making 84* in 43 balls, earning him huge accolades and also an IPL deal with Rajasthan Royals.
Shoulder Injury cost me a World Cup berth, says Turner
Recently, however, Turner was in news for making five straight ducks in T20 cricket, with three of them coming in his first three games for RR. Now he revealed that a shoulder injury, that flared up during the Big Bash League late last year, restricted him in the field and kept him from bowling his off-spin, costing him a spot in Kangaroos’ World Cup squad.
“I do understand I’m a little bit limited with my shoulder and that probably played a part in my omission. Potentially not being able to bowl probably cost me an opportunity to play a few more games before they had to select the team. On Boxing Day when I re-injured my shoulder, I thought that my season was over and I was going straight into surgery and wouldn’t play another game for months,” Turner was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au.
The 26-year-old is now eyeing a return to the national side, as he is a part of the Australia A side to England and then having surgery on his troublesome shoulder.
“I’m going to have surgery in a couple of months. Missing out on the World Cup squad has only motivated me more to want to get back there, because being a part of that Australian side was such a great experience. That’s where I want to be,” Turner signed off.