The exiled Ben McDermott has delivered selectors a timely reminder of his sparkling ability less than a year out from Australia’s home T20 World Cup campaign, blasting his second Big Bash League century.
The Queenslander wasn’t a member of Australia’s triumphant squad at the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, but he mounted a strong case for inclusion in the next edition in an unbeaten knock of 110 from just 60 balls at Bellerive Oval on Monday.
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And some of the strokes he played were astounding, none more so than a lap shot that had a Peter Siddle delivery racing for four over a short fine leg when he was on 89.
Former Australia all-rounder Brendon Julian was stunned at McDermott’s innings.
“That is simply superb,” Julian said on the Fox Cricket broadcast.
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Former Australia wicketkeeper-batter Brad Haddin had high praise of his own for McDermott.
“You will go a long way to see a better innings than that,” Haddin said.
“He lost his captain Matty Wade early, but what he showed tonight was some brute force … It’s also come with a touch of class … What a knock from Benny McDermott.”
The 2022 T20 World Cup is scheduled to run across October and November.
McDermott has played 17 T20 internationals and two one-day internationals.
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