Australia’s T20 specialist, Tim David, has earned his first call-up to the One Day International (ODI) squad following his standout performance in the opening T20I against South Africa. David’s explosive innings of 64 runs off 28 balls, including four sixes, impressed selectors and secured his place in the ODI side.
This opportunity arises due to the absence of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, both sidelined due to injuries and personal commitments. While Smith and Maxwell are part of Australia’s preliminary World Cup squad, they are expected to join the team for the upcoming ODI series against India.
Despite not having played a List A match for almost two years and awaiting his ODI debut, David’s inclusion reflects his potential and recent form. Although not part of the preliminary World Cup squad, the upcoming five-match series against South Africa provides him a platform to showcase his skills.
Known for his explosive batting in T20 cricket, David has participated in 26 T20Is and 184 T20 matches, maintaining an impressive strike rate of over 163. He has also played 16 List A games, boasting an average strike rate of 123.14, which includes two centuries and five half-centuries.
However, David faces stiff competition for a spot in the 50-over World Cup squad, with established players like Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Cameron Green already in contention. Additionally, backup players like Marnus Labuschagne and Josh Inglis are also vying for opportunities in the absence of Smith and Maxwell.
Selector Tony Dodemaide highlighted David’s inclusion as a power-hitting option in the latter stages of an innings. Stand-in skipper Mitchell Marsh praised David’s adaptability and potential to turn the tide of a game, emphasizing his significance as an asset to Australian cricket.