Australian T20 wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has backed his Hobart Hurricanes teammate Ben McDermott to replicate his impressive KFC BBL form in international cricket.
A recall to national colors is looming for McDermott now that his Big Bash season is over and Wade is confident the right-hander will get another chance in the upcoming Dettol T20Is against Sri Lanka, which start on February 11.
With a multi-format tour of Pakistan also on the horizon, Australian skipper Aaron Finch has indicated that some of the country’s biggest names will be resting for the Sri Lanka series, which could see Big Bash stars like McDermott win a spot. .
The Hurricanes opener hit 577 runs at 48.08 to top BBL|11 runs, with his history-making back-to-back centuries of 110 no outs against the Strikers and 127 against the Renegades one of the highlights of the season .
McDermott has played 17 T20Is and two ODIs in his career so far, with a top score of just 35, but Wade said the 27-year-old is “definitely” poised to thrive at the highest level.
“I’m sure Ben McDermott will definitely be in one of those teams,” Wade told cricket.com.au last night.
“There are also guys like Timmy David who hopefully get a chance and I will be with that team.
“It’s been a long summer for the test players so I’m not sure how many of those guys are in the T20 Sri Lanka series… so some opportunities are coming.
“You hear (Marcus) Stoinis talk about the scar tissue you build up during your career and get opportunities early and fail.
“It builds your character, so (McDermott) knows what to do at that level now. He knows his game so well compared to when he played last time, so he’ll go out and do exactly what he’s done here (in the BBL) at an international level. I have no doubts about that.”
When pushed on Friday about which players from the Big Bash could be picked to play against Sri Lanka, Finch said McDermott was in “super shape”.
“He’s the leading goalscorer in the Big Bash, and he’s got some big hundreds dominating games, so I’d be surprised if he’s not,” said Finch.
“We’ll select that over the weekend or early next week. It’s about managing the guys’ workload. There will be a few guys who are still in the preparation phase for Pakistan and we’ll be mixing and matching, and it’s always exciting to see some new faces.”
Meanwhile, Wade will spend some time with his family during the three-week break for the Sri Lanka series, having been away from home since last year’s T20 World Cup.
The southpaw has been a star of the Australian Cup triumph and has mortgaged the goalkeeper batter role for their title defense at home later this year.
“I’m looking forward to going home to spend some time with the family and to be honest, to reset,” he said.
“We have a lot of cricket that will show up later in the year as well.
“It’s nice to know that I’m going to rock on that (T20) team and know my part almost immediately, something I probably haven’t had in a few years.”
Dettol T20 Series Against Sri Lanka 2022
February 11: First T20, SCG, 7:10 PM AEDT
Feb 13: Second T20, SCG, 7:10 PM AEDT
February 15: Third T20, Manuka Oval, 7:10 PM AEDT
Feb 18: Fourth T20, MCG, 7:10 p.m. AEDT
Feb 20: Fifth T20, MCG, 7:10 PM AEDT
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