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Big Ticket Player Tim David makes it to Australia’s squad for ICC World T20 2022

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022: Tim David is added to Australia Squad for T20 World Cup 2022. Tim David is likely to make his International debut for Australia against India in Australia tour of India 2022.

Tim David all set to debut for Australia in T20I against India in India vs Australia T20I series 2022 | Walking Wicket (Photo: ©Twitter/eplt20)
Tim David all set to debut for Australia in T20I (Photo: ©Twitter/eplt20)

Tim David, the attacking and exciting middle-order batter, has been selected in the Australian squad for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup to be held in October 2022. The 26-year-old Singapore born cricketer is yet to make his debut for Australia in any format but has represented his home country Singapore in 14 T20Is.


According to ICC’s rules, the middle-order batter is eligible to play for the Aaron Finch-led Australian team and is expected to make his debut for them soon as he is in the squad that is to tour India later this month.


Though born in Singapore, he is of Australian origin and his family moved back to the Kangaroo nation when Tim was 2 years old. But since Western Australia dropped him from the team, he went back to Singapore in a bid to be picked for the Singapore national team.


This destructive young batter made his debut for the Singapore team in the ICC World T20 Asian Regional Finals Qualifier game against Qatar in July 2019. In his brief international career thus far, Tim David has made 558 runs at a strike rate of 158.52 with 4 half-centuries.


David’s impressive stint in BBL

Tim David first made his presence felt in the Big Bash League (BBL) where he made his T20 debut for Perth Scorchers in the 2017-18 season. He got limited opportunities in the star-studded Perth team and moved to Hobart Hurricanes in the 2020-21 edition and made an immediate impact scoring his only half-century in BBL (58) and ended the season with 271 runs striking at 153.


This not only extended his stay with the Hurricanes but also made him a global T20 star. He got selected in the leagues across the globe like the Indian Premier League (IPL), The Hundred, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL).


His value increased over the years, and it is evident from the fact that Mumbai Indians, the 5-time IPL champions, went all out for him and acquired his services for INR 8.25 crores at the 2022 IPL Auctions. David repaid the faith almost immediately as he hammered 186 from 8 innings at a staggering strike rate of 216.


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Tim David is likely to make his International debut for Australia against India in India vs Australia T20I series  _ Walking Wicket (Images ©BCCI_IPL)
Tim David plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL (Images ©BCCI/IPL)

Tim David will fit nicely into Australia’s scheme of things

So now coming to his latest call-up to the Australian set-up for the T20 World Cup at home, we have to say Tim David’s selection is a brilliant move. He already has the experience of playing in the big leagues and knows how to deal with the pressure situations.


Since a long time there was a lot of hype around David’s inclusion into the Australian national team, but the Australian selectors hadn’t made a call until recently. The defending champions seem to have finally realized the value that the dashing middle-order batter brings to the table. He can fit the role of a finisher to perfection and the Australian team need a finisher to bolster their chances. Tim David will join the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade in the packed middle-order of Australia.


Along with this, he can chip in with a few overs by rolling over his off spinners occasionally. Overall, he is a great utility player and Australia have found one.


I think for a long time (representing Australia) looked unlikely, but I don’t think that I wouldn’t have ever imagined it. It’s something that you still always want to strive for,” David told in a recent interview with cricket.com.au after getting selected.


Tim David's T20 career summary

Format

Mat

Inn

Runs

Avg

SR

HS

50

100

Wkt

T20I

14

14

558

46.50

158.52

92*

4

0

5

T20

127

119

2725

31.68

163.17

92*

11

0

12

*T20I figures are of Singapore. Now, Tim is making his debut for Australia.


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Tim David carries a strike rate of 163 from 127 T20 games across the globe _ Walking Wicket (Images ©BCCI_IPL)
Tim David carries a strike rate of 163 from 127 T20 games (Images ©BCCI/IPL)

Tim David’s great aspirations

Tim David may have been called up only for the upcoming T20 World Cup, but he aspires to be more than just a T20 player for Australia and that T20 is not just his only focus. He wants to play in the longer formats as well in the future.


“T20 has not become a sole focus, but it's just evolved naturally that way. My first opportunity after being released by Western Australia was to go play for Singapore. So, I went, did that, then came back and had an opportunity to get to the Hurricanes. So, from there the only thing I was going to do in playing professional cricket was play T20 cricket,” David said.


“So, you focus on those skills and I've had some more opportunities come from there. So, it's just kind of evolved naturally,” he further added.

But representing Australia may not be that easy for Tim David, at least considering his current schedule. David must be among the busiest cricketers at present as he plays cricket across the globe in different leagues. He plays in the IPL, PSL, CPL, The Hundred, List A championship cup in England and various other smaller leagues in the world.


However, it is known that Tim David is likely to make his International debut for Australia against India in Australia tour of India 2022.


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Australia ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 Squad

Aaron Finch (Captain), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Tim David, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson.


Australia T20I Squad for India Series

Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

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