India vs Australia first T20: Tim David to make long-awaited debut, cricket news 2022

Tim David will make his long-awaited Australian debut on Tuesday night, with the “terrifying” T20 globetrotter lined up for the series opener against India at Mohali.

Injury setbacks for versatile starters Marcus Stoinis (lateral tension) and Mitchell Marsh (ankle) opened the door for the inclusion of David, who comes just weeks away from the T20 World Cup.

The 26-year-old joins an illustrious roster of cricketers, headlined by David Warner, to make his Australian debut ahead of playing some top-class matches.

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David, who becomes Australia’s 103rd men’s T20I cricketer, received his first cap from Hobart Hurricanes team-mate Matthew Wade.

“It’s great to see Tim David take his chance; he’s been among the best in the world,” Cummins told reporters in a video conference call on Sunday.

“Hitting in the middle order of T20 cricket is a really tough place… It’s really tough to be consistent when there are bowlers or at the end of innings.

“He’s been fantastic…hopefully he can continue to do what he’s done in domestic leagues around the world.

“I think he’s an X factor. He just does it a little bit differently, so I’m looking forward to it.

David, who previously represented Singapore in 14 T20 international matches, has been one of the most destructive short-form cricketers in the last 12 months, plying his trade as a specialist finisher in several domestic tournaments including the Super League of Pakistan, the Caribbean Premier League and the Cent.

The powerful right-hander, born in Singapore and brought up in Western Australia, was bought by Mumbai Indians for the colossal sum of A$1.53million at this year’s IPL auction, winning bigger bids as Australian superstars Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh.

Earlier this month, David has been named in Australia’s 15-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup campaign at home, which begins in October.

His ability to clear the boundary line without absorbing crease deliveries is invaluable; the possibility of David and Glenn Maxwell joining forces in the middle order is a tantalizing prospect for any cricket fan.

“One of the few things he has that there isn’t a lot of in Australia is just raw power,” Maxwell told reporters at SCG on Wednesday.

“He’s able to muscle the ball, a bit the same way Stoinis and Mitch Marsh do. He’s probably developed his game a bit over the last two years where he’s got a bit more offside (shooting) so he’s not a one-dimensional hitter, he’s capable of breaking boundaries in different areas.

“He does it against spins and rapids which is really impressive and something that impressed me during the IPL as well as watching him go about his business.”

On Sunday, Cricket Australia shared footage of David slaying cricket balls during a clean session at Mohali, with the “terrifying” clip racking up over 260,000 views in less than 24 hours on Twitter.

As seen in the video, David rotates his grip slightly on offense, angled the face of the bat skyward to increase his chances of getting the ball into the crowd.

David won national selection through an unconventional route as a T20 freelancer, but it could soon become the norm in world cricket.

Unlike most of his teammates, he is not under contract with Cricket Australia or any of the state associations, but he did sign with the Hurricanes for this summer’s Big Bash League.

“He obviously plied his trade all over the world in different leagues,” Australian pacemaker Mitchell Starc told SCG reporters on Wednesday.

“I think we’ll see more and more players (emerge) that way. Certainly the next generation, I’m sure we’ll see that more and more with more opportunities in different leagues, that’s just the way cricket seems to be heading by the minute.

“I’m kind of like (the public), I’ve seen him on TV. Obviously that power and what he brings to the table for any team he plays for, and now he has a chance to do so on the international stage.

Speaking to reporters in July, the legendary Ricky Ponting backed David to thrive in Australian colorscomparing the uncapped cricketer to a former teammate.

“He’s been amazing in almost every tournament he’s been to around the world in the last 12 to 18 months,” the Hurricanes chief strategy officer said.

“He’s a very good T20 player, very dangerous.

“If I was a manager, I would love to have someone like that in my team… he’s an absolute winner. He’s the kind of player who can really win you a World Cup.

“He actually reminds me a bit of Andrew Symonds at the 2003 World Cup. You know if you get him in and give him an opportunity he has a chance to win the tournament for you.

“I know there are other great players of world quality in the middle order for Australia, but probably none of them have a CV as good as Tim’s over the past two years. .”

If David can replicate his explosive form in India this week, national coaches would be tempted to bring him into Australia’s XI for the T20 World Cup at the expense of Stoinis or Steve Smith.

The first T20 between India and Australia kicks off at Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium on Tuesday night, with the first ball scheduled for 11:30 p.m. AEST.

Originally published as ‘X-factor’: Tim David becomes Australia’s 103rd T20I men’s cricketer