Problems with Australia’s average order for T20 cricket may match 38-year-old Dan Christian, who was recently added to the preliminary list of 23-member players on the West Indies tour, said Greg Shipard, one of the best coaches in the field. who led the Sydney Sixers wagon in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Australian selectors are struggling to find a finisher, but Christian, who is with the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Indian Premier League in 2021 (IPL) season, may be the answer.
The veteran wagon, who played 350 T20 games, was on fire in the BBL last season, scoring 272 tracks in a strike of 182.6.
Although he has done nothing remarkable in the 16 T20 Internationals he played between 2010 and 2017, the recent form could see Christian selected for a lower rank in the Australian squad, which has superstars. Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the highest order.
“It’s really a very specialized role and it’s about calm, clarity at the moment and fearlessness,” Shipard was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I guess he’s at the stage of his career when he uses his experience wisely and doesn’t play next year or the next major contract. He plays with that fearless but experienced way of thinking that allows him to take the best option,” he added. Shipard, who also coached Delhi daredevils for four seasons in the IPL.
“It’s rare for a player to be a microphone, as he’s often in these phases and talking to commentators and viewers through what he thinks and does,” Shipard said.
“As a coach, it reminds me and just shows the balance he has and uses his experience well.
“A lot of other players weren’t in those moments and they handled that pressure, they made the call, they succeeded and they failed. It balances those yo-yos that this form of play throws at you particularly well.”
Christian may have a chance to solidify his place in Australia for the T20 World Cup, given that up to seven Australians may not travel to the West Indies due to bio-bubble fatigue.