Australia A is scheduled to travel to India for a one-day tri-series involving hosts India A and South Africa A. One of the rising stars of Australian cricket, right arm fast bowler Billy Stanlake is prepping himself for the important tour in Brisbane at the Bupa National Centre.
Stanlake was lucky enough as he received some brilliant advice on playing in Indian conditions from three of senior Australian quicks in Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood- all three recovering from their various injuries.
"It’s great to get amongst them, and around some boys of the same height," said Stanlake. "It’s always great to feed off guys like that – they’re terrific bowlers and for me, someone who is just breaking into the international system, it’s always great to feed off them and get some ideas and see their experiences as well."
When fit, Stanlake has been a regular member of Australian limited overs squad from last two years, when he received a surprise contract from Cricket Australia.
However, injuries to his digits have hampered a flourishing career. His big toe hurt him a lot last summer, while he broke his finger during the IPL 2018.
Stanlake said, "I’ve always tried to bowl that hard length as I do over her in Australia but it’s more bowling a little bit more straight in those conditions."
He added, "That’s the great thing about going to all different parts of the world, it’s always different. For me, it’s a great challenge going over there and that’s something I always enjoy, having a good challenge."
Once the one-day tri-series is complete, Stanlake will return home to prepare for the JLT One-Day Cup, which starts in five weeks’ time in Townsville.
"It’s been great to get back to playing some 50-over cricket, which I haven’t done for a while. Then again, it’s taking it one step at a time from series to series. It’s been a great start getting some cricket into me, so hopefully the body holds well so when the time is right, red-ball (cricket) will come," said Stanlake, who played in four of five ODIs on Australia’s Qantas Tour of England in June.
Talking about playing the red ball cricket, Stanlake said, "I think in the long forms you need to have those different gears, you can’t do that (bowl express pace) all day for five days. That’s probably something I’m still learning, when to take it back a notch at training when you’re feeling a little bit sore. White-ball cricket I’m going flat out for the whole time and that’s something I really want to do."
(with inputs from cricket.com.au)