Young fast-bowling sensation –Billy Stanlake drew praise from veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for his sizzling bowling in the ongoing T20I Tri-series, featuring Australia, and England.
On 3 February (Saturday), the youngster played a significant role in Australia’s 7 wickets (DLS method-Match reduced to 15 overs due to rain target 95) win over New Zealand in the first T20I of the seven-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground, taking 3-wicket for 15 at 3.75 economy rate.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, Taylor told media while praising the young gun, “I thought he bowled very well and those were two big wickets with his first two balls set the tone for their innings and our batting. He's bowled very well in the Big Bash, it wasn't a quick wicket here but he bowled well with good pace and will be one to watch in the future for sure.”
Meanwhile, the Kiwi batsman admitted that the Black Caps batsmen failed to assess the conditions well which costs the game against Australia.
The T20I tri-series did not start on a happy note as rain played a spoilsport in the very first match of the campaign. With six matches still to be played each of the three teams has a chance to comeback ahead of the final on February 21.
Taylor signed off by saying, “We probably didn't assess conditions well enough, Australia bowled very well and there was a little in the wicket but we weren't able to soak that up. Don't know it was 160-170 wicket but if we'd scrapped our way to 140 we might have been a chance.”