ENG v AUS 2018: Michael Neser alive to expectations despite late ODI call up

Michael Neser took two wickets on his ODI debut.

Michael Neser on his ODI match | (Herald Sun)

Australia's new pace-bowler, Michael Neser has opened up on his thoughts after getting picked at the last minute for Australia's national squad against England. Michael Neser talks about his excitement after getting a national call for team Australia, he said, "It was all last-minute, I didn't have too much time to think about it, which was kind of a blessing in disguise," Neser recollected the chain of events on Saturday (June 16). "I was a bit worried my passport wasn't up to date, that was the first problem. But after that it was just excitement.

"Two weeks prior to that I didn't expect to be anywhere close (to the one-day team). It just goes to show.

Michael Neser also revealed that after settling all the things, he had to catch a long flight to England and get ready to take the field against England in the first ODI of the Five-Match series, he added "My head was spinning, to be honest. It was under 24 hours and I was on a flight to England. It happened really fast. It was a very long flight over. I had a lot of time to think about it, things I've got to prepare for, opposition I'm against, and by the time I landed I was all good to go."

Michael Neser had the new ball in the first two warm-up games. His figures against Sussex were as like 1-36. Australia won both their warm-up matches against Sussex and Middlesex.

"To hear the words just gave me goosebumps and I realised, 'Holy shit, now I'm playing for Australia, it's official'," Neser remembered. "I was just thinking, 'Don't get injured, get through the training session uninjured'.

"(Langer has) been telling our whole group they've got to be ready because you never know when your chance might come. That was the one thing in the back of my mind, be ready just in case. I've been preparing for the last four weeks, so I'm ready," he referred.

"Once I bowled that first ball, I was fine. I was really nervous the first ball but after that I was OK and just back to business and doing what I've been doing for a while now.

"It's still the same game. Our competition is the one of the best going around and it does prepare you for international cricket. Hopefully all the games I've played prior to this through the Big Bash, Sheffield Shield, our one-day competition has made me ready. I've just got to perform now and hold my nerve," Neser said.

With Australian pacer, Billy Stanlake ruled out of the second ODI, Michael Neser needs to be more impactful in the game. He will have Andrew Tye from the other end to help him out in the difficult situations. Despite Australia ending on the losing side, the young speedster took two wickets on his ODI debut.

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kunal Kataria - 16 Jun, 2018

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