Australia have recalled Dan Christian, the 38-year old all-rounder, to the Australian T20 side for the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
It’s his first international call-up since 2017 and he was one of six extra players who were recently added to the squad, with the Aussie Selectors surely expecting a few to drop out if the IPL resumes during, or just after, the tours.
As it happens, Christian himself is under contract at the Royal Challengers Bangalore on big money and may fancy a crack at winning a first-ever IPL title.
But don’t discount the possibility of Christian sticking with the national side and getting himself on the plane to the T20 World Cup. If he does, it’s a great move for both him and Australia.
He’s 38 years old, he’s played over 600 matches of professional cricket and in T20 alone, he’s played 350 matches at domestic level and 16 for Australia.
You’ll struggle to find many players in the world with that level of experience, even if his 35 appearances for Australia in total aren’t that many.
And it’s not just playing the games. Christian’s T20 career has taken him to Australia, England, the Caribbean, India and Pakistan. He’s represented 20 different teams including his country and has played against everyone, everywhere.
You just can’t put a price on that level of experience and it will be invaluable to the team.