LOOKING AT THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUSSIE QUICKS
The Aussies and lethal fast bowlers are a match made in heaven. Australia has been a country famous for producing the most ruthless quicks, from the likes of Charlie Turner, Jeff Thomson and Glenn McGrath with their pinpoint accuracy with the ball to the deadly Dennis Lillee, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson. Australia has been a hub for a lot of fast bowlers who impacted the game in quite some fashion.
The fast-paced wickets down under have always aided the development of the Aussie quicks, in addition to the best coaching facilities that are provided to hone talent of their diamond in the rough. With the game evolving over so many years, one thing that never changes in Australian cricket is their conveyor belt of bustling bowling talent.
Let us take a look at few of the next generation Aussie quicks who are ready to take the cricketing world by storm.
Born in Western Australia, the right-arm pacer plays for his local state team in the Sheffield Shield tournament. Already an established name on the international circuit after tormenting Virat Kohli in 3 successive matches, the 23-year old is certainly one to watch out for in the near future. Out of the Australian World Cup squad due to shoulder injury he sustained against India, Jhye Richardson possesses the rare ability to move the ball both ways with near perfect consistent line and length. With 9 wickets in 3 matches for Western Australia in the Shield, Richardson is destined to lead the line in the future for the Aussies.
Riley Meredith is a Tasmanian fast bowler who has constantly proved his worth in the domestic circuit for a few seasons now. The tall right-arm quick has been in sensational form throughout the current Shield season, bagging 14 wickets in 3 matches he has played for Tasmania. Currently 23 years old, Meredith has a whole lot of years in front of him to stake his claim on the international stage and become a gem of a bowler for Australia.
Born in New South Wales, Tremain plays for Victoria in the Shield Cup. Not as young as his fellow compatriots in this list, Tremain at 28 is still deadly. Maybe he doesn’t have age on his side to become an asset for Australia in the future, if given a chance, he’ll give stiff competition to the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff and can be a useful addition to the Australian squad. Currently with 9 wickets in 3 matches, Tremain is in fine form for the Victorians.
Much like Tremain, the South Africa-born Queenslander Neser is not as young as the other bowlers on this list. However, Neser has impressed the Australian selectors for quite a long time now through his sheer consistency in line and length and brilliant wicket-taking abilities. The standout performer in a recent Australia vs Australia A fixture, Neser has all the qualities to be a shoe-in among the Aussie setup. As things stand, the mastery of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood is the only obstacle for Neser donning the gold and green strip. Neser currently has 15 wickets in 3 Shield matches for the Bulls.
The Aussie quick who people remember most for the tragedy that transpired with Phil Hughes is a fine pacer, blessed with a consistent line and length along with a knack of taking wickets in the shorter formats of the game. Born in New South Wales, the tall quick plays for the Blues in the Sheffield Shield. A bowler who’s hungry for wickets, Abbott has one of the best economy rates in the whole division. The 27-year old has 8 wickets from the 2 matches he has played in the Shield this season and looks in red-hot form.
Plying his trade for the New South Wales in the Shield, Harry Conway is lanky fast bowler with heaps of potential, but has been plagued with a lot of injuries throughout his career. After finally hitting his straps and performing to his full potential, the 27-year old has taken 13 wickets in the 2 matches he has played for the New South Wales team this season.
Brother of Australian international Ashton Agar, Wes Agar has had a topsy-turvy career. A bowler with a lot of potential to sting once unleashed, the 22-year old plays for South Australia in the Shield Cup. The right-handed pacer is a highly regarded prospect in the South Australian ranks and has 9 scalps in the 2 matches he played in the Cup.
This one is a special mention. Cameron Gannon is 30 years old and is the oldest player on this list. Born in New South Wales, Gannon plays for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield. Maybe he doesn’t have a long career in front of him, but the type of form he’s in, the veteran must receive his due credit. Gannon is someone who can work the ball in all conditions and can make the batsmen pay with all the tricks up his sleeve. In the 3 matches he has played this season, Gannon has picked up a staggering 18 wickets, the highest number in the Shield tournament this season. He also did something that the English international bowlers weren’t able to do the whole summer; getting Steve Smith out for a duck.
Australia has a bright future in the fast bowling department but there’s a catch in their ranks as well. The country hasn’t produced left-arm pacers in a long time apart from Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc. But as things stand, the future is very bright. And deadly, as per.