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

Tim David will make his highly anticipated Australian debut on Tuesday night, with the “terrifying” T20 globetrotter lining up for the series opener against India in Mohali.

Injury setbacks for incumbent all-rounders Marcus Stoinis (side load) and Mitchell Marsh (ankle) have opened the door for the inclusion of David, who comes a few weeks after the T20 World Cup.

The 26-year-old joins an illustrious roster of cricketers, headlined by David Warner, to make their Australian debut before playing first-class matches.

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

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

“Smacking in the middle order of T20 cricket is a really tough spot… It’s really hard to come in consistently when there are spin bowlers or at the end of the innings.

“He’s been fantastic… hopefully he can continue to do what he did in the national competitions around the world.

“I think he’s an X-factor. He’s handling it a little differently, so look forward to it.”

David, who previously represented Singapore in 14 T20 internationals, has been one of the most devastating short-format cricketers in the past 12 months. Hundred.

Born in Singapore and raised in Western Australia, the mighty right-hander was bought by the Mumbai Indians for a staggering AU$1.53 million at this year’s IPL auction, earning higher bids than Australian superstars Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh.

Earlier this month, David was named in Australia’s 15-player roster for the upcoming home-grown T20 World Cup campaign, which kicks off in October.

His ability to clear the boundary rope without sucking up deliveries at the crease is invaluable; the possibility of David and Glenn Maxwell joining forces in the middle class is a delightful prospect for any cricket fan.

“One of the rare things he has, of which there aren’t many in Australia, is just pure power,” Maxwell told reporters at the SCG on Wednesday.

“He is able to amplify the ball in much the same way Stoinis and Mitch Marsh do. He’s probably developed his game a bit in the last two years where he’s got a little more offside (shots) so he’s not a one-dimensional batter, he’s able to clear the line in several areas.

“He’s doing it against spin and quicks, which is something that’s really impressive and something that impressed me during the IPL and also to see him doing his business.”

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

As seen in the video, David twists his grip a bit during the attack, tilting the face of the bat toward the sky to increase his chances of launching the ball into the crowd.

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

Unlike most of his team-mates, he does not have a contract with Cricket Australia or any of the state unions, but he has signed with the Hurricanes for this summer’s Big Bash League.

“He has clearly practiced his trade around the world in various competitions,” Australian pacesetter Mitchell Starc told reporters at the SCG on Wednesday.

“I think we will see more and more players (emerging) that way. Certainly the next generation, I’m sure we’ll see more and more with more opportunities in different competitions, that’s exactly the way cricket seems to be heading at the moment.

“I’m pretty much the same as (the audience), I’ve seen him on TV. Obviously he has that power and what he brings to the table with every team he plays for, and now he has the opportunity to do that on the international stage.”

In July, the legendary Ricky Ponting spoke to reporters and supported David to flourish in Australian colours, comparing the uncapped cricketer to a former teammate.

“He’s been incredible in almost every tournament he’s played around the world in the past 12-18 months,” said the Hurricanes’ Head of Strategy.

“He is a very good, very dangerous T20 player.

“If I were a selector, I’d love to have someone like that on my team… he’s an absolute match winner. He’s the kind of player who can really win a World Cup for you.

“He actually reminds me a bit of Andrew Symonds from the 2003 World Cup. You know if you bring him in and give him a shot, they have a shot at winning the tournament for you.

“I know there are some other great world-quality players in the mid-range for Australia, but probably none of them have a resume as good as Tim’s in the last two years.”

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

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

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