‘They certainly could do a lot worse than picking him in the one-day World Cup’: Klinger
COULD Callum Ferguson have added stability to Australia’s shaky World Cup batting line-up?
Perth Scorchers legend Michael Klinger, speaking to One on One Sports SA well ahead of the tournament back in February, said his former South Aussie team-mate and good friend had certainly showed enough form over summer to be in the conversation for a call-up.
“I actually spoke to him a couple of weeks ago on the phone about it – more so him, because he’s in fantastic form at the moment and just not quite getting the nod from the selectors,” Klinger said at the time.
“I think he’s still a very good chance of playing one-day cricket for Australia.
“He obviously missed out on the team being picked now, but one or two injuries and hopefully he can make his way into the World Cup team.
“What he’s got going for him is he’s already performed very well for Australia in one-day cricket, his numbers are very good, so if there’s an injury or someone’s out of form down that track they certainly could do a lot worse than picking him in the one-day World Cup.”
While Australia currently has a 2-0 record at world cricket’s biggest ODI tournament in England, in the early stages of the competition, early cracks have already been exposed.
The Aussie batsmen did it easy against Afghanistan in game one, but it took a career-high knock from bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile (92) – the first time he’d passed 50 in his international limited overs career – to dig the team out of trouble after slumping to 5/79 against the West Indies in game two.
Australia ended up posting 288, thanks also to Steve Smith (73) and wicketkeeper Alex Carey (45), before a Mitchell Starc masterclass with the ball (5/46) got the side home.
Ferguson had a stunning summer of T20 cricket in BBL08 for the Sydney Thunder, finishing fourth in the tournament for most runs with 442 from 14 games, which included one century.
He was also South Australia’s leading run scorer in the 2018/19 JLT One Day Cup, hitting 328 runs, including two centuries, from seven appearances – ranking him seventh overall for total runs in the competition.
Australia takes on one of the World Cup’s red-hot favourites, India, tomorrow night at The Oval from 7pm.