Australia, one of the best teams in Global cricket is all set to make its mark in every tournament. All the players of Australia are in great form and are desperate to make their place in the team. We all know that Australia is in an exceptionally strong era of pace bowling.
Three ODIs in five days are making Australia’s selectors rotate their pace bowlers against West Indies, but Sean Abbott doesn’t want to hear a word about resting in Canberra on Tuesday because he knows how hard it is to get a spot in the team so he’s putting his maximum efforts to make it work.
Abbott as an all-round put in an amazing effort at the SCG, in front of family and friends which was emotional for him, as he rescued Australia from 167 for 7 with his career-best 69 then added 3 for 40, and took two catches.
He didn’t get many chances to play in the squad. He only made the XI once at last year’s ODI World Cup against Bangladesh when Mitchell Starc was rested.
Abbott’s message :
“I don’t want to skip any games,” he said. “A tight turnaround but that’s part of playing cricket for your country at the moment. I don’t want to give up a game. There are a few guys resting tonight like Patty and Starcy, so it’s a hard team to get into and it’s an even harder team to stay. Won’t be giving up my spot for a rest if I can help it.”
“I’m pretty realistic,” he said. “I know how talented some of the guys that have been playing and also the next guys in. I use it as an opportunity to keep trying to get better and if I’m not playing I assume it will help them to get better because I’m pushing them to get better”.
“If you aren’t getting picked because guys are playing well the best you can do is keep going out and performing and keep getting better. I can cope with that if guys are playing well, that’s fine by me, but I’ll be doing everything I can to get their spot. At the same time, I’m quite realistic that we have a hell of a talented pool of fast bowlers at the moment.”
Abbott’s all-round ability adds a plus to the team:
Abbott’s 69 in Sydney made it back-to-back ODI fifties including the one where he scored 54 against India in Indore before the World Cup. He has been putting extra effort into his batting skills including having sessions with coach Trent Woodhill.
“I didn’t play all that many games in the World Cup and that allowed me to go away and train with Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, these guys who also missed a few games,” he said.
Will the mindset of SeanAbbott make the chances of Australia better in the coming World Cup?