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.
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But arguably his greatest asset of all is his cricketing brain. It’s what allows him to work out where the gaps are when batting and when he needs to accelerate the scoring and which areas he needs to bowl at depending on the batsman on strike.
Put all of this together and it’s not so much a case of trying to get Christian in the side as it is one of realising you can’t leave him out.
There are a few issues with this Australia side, who are 6.0 third-favourites with Betway, just behind England and India. But they’ll certainly increase their chances by having the magic man Christian in the team.
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