Stanlake destroys Pakistan as Australia finally win

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    Beanpole quick Billy Stanlake last night produced his third outstanding performance in the past three weeks as Australia hammered Pakistan by nine wickets in Zimbabwe.

    Stanlake took 4 for 8 from four overs as Australia rolled Pakistan for 116 before chasing down that total with nine overs to spare in the first match of the Twenty20tri-series.

    While Australia had a horror tour of England, losing all seven of their limited overs matches, Stanlake underlined his massive potential. The 23-year-old was battered a couple of times, which is not surprising given the strength of England’s batting, the ultra-flat pitches on offer, and the lack of bowling support Stanlake received.

    But he also conjured two performances of rare class and potency during the ODI series. In the first ODI at the Oval he bowled Jason Roy with an absolute jaffa, and troubled all of the English batsmen with his hurrying pace and disconcerting bounce to finish with 2-44 from ten overs.

    That was only a taster, however, with Stanlake stunning England to almost single-handedly win the fifth ODI. Stanlake dismissed Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to leave England in a mess at 4-27. It was a remarkable display against the world’s number one ODI team by an extremely green bowler.

    Stanlake built on that yesterday when he bullied Pakistan, the world’s number one T20I, in Australia’s opening match of the Twenty20tri-series in Zimbabwe.

    Billy Stanlake of Australia celebrates

    Billy Stanlake (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

    He scythed through the Pakistan batting line-up to take 4 for 8 from his four overs – the second best figures by an Australian bowler in Twenty20history, after only James Faulkner’s 5 for 27 against Pakistan two years ago. While Faulkner achieved those figures by tricking the Pakistanis with his array of change-ups, Stanlake bulldozed them with brute force.

    Stanlake barely gave the Pakistan batsmen a chance to get on the front foot, continually pushing them back in their crease with ferocious bouncers and rearing back-of-a-length deliveries. From the third ball of the innings Pakistan opener Mohammad Hazfeez pushed meekly well away from his body and steered the ball to first slip, where captain Aaron Finch took a sharp catch above his head.

    In his next over Stanlake got the ball to lift nastily towards the throat of Hussain Talat, who could only fend at the delivery which lobbed off his glove towards fifth slip. Finch made great ground to complete a slick diving catch.

    Yet another short ball from Stanlake did for Fakhar Zaman, who strangled it down leg side to keeper Alex Carey. That wicket convinced Finch to bowl out Stanlake, who in his fourth consecutive over got the ball to lift off a length at Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who nicked to Finch at slip.

    In between these four wicket taking deliveries the Pakistani batsmen hardly located the middle of the bat against Stanlake. The young Australian seemed to intimidate each of the Pakistani batsmen he encountered.

    It is this fear factor which could see Stanlake become a surprise Test candidate next summer, as I predicted in May.
    With Stanlake having shown repeatedly he can rattle international batsmen, I can see him leapfrogging into the Test team should injury strike down one of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood or Pat Cummins. The Australian selectors love big, scary quicks.

    After Stanlake helped skittle Pakistan last night, Australia’s batsmen cruised to the meagre target of 117 from just 10.5 overs. Finch starred, once again, hammering 68 from 33 deliveries, including six sixes.

    He was particularly harsh on Pakistan’s spinners, repeatedly smiting them down the ground to or over the boundary. Australia have one more match against Pakistan and two against Zimbabwe before potentially taking on one of those two sides in the tri-series final.

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    • July 3rd 2018 @ 4:57am
      KenoathCarnt said | July 3rd 2018 @ 4:57am | ! Report

      Best fit and non banned T20 team

      DunK (wk)(if in form)

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 8:10am
        George said | July 3rd 2018 @ 8:10am | ! Report

        I like this top 4 of finch , Khawaja, Warner and Lynn

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 8:27am
        Krishna Singh said | July 3rd 2018 @ 8:27am | ! Report

        Maddinson- 1300+ runs in last 4 seasons of ListA, consistent for Sixer’s. Short- nothing in ListA, slogged in the last BBL season.Head- only slogs in BBL for Strikers, never scores in ListA. Similarly Khawaja is even better then those 2, why is Short given such a long stay. Billy has got what other bowlers his pace haven’t got….height….which produces…bounce

        • Roar Guru

          July 3rd 2018 @ 9:18am
          JamesH said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:18am | ! Report

          If you think Short is a slogger then you clearly haven’t watched much of him batting. Hits really crisply through the line of the ball.

          I’m not suggesting he should definitely be picked over Khawaja but his BBL and T20I form warrants the opportunity he’s being given in this series.

          I think Maddinson should be looked at for ODIs.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:02am
            Krishna Singh said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:02am | ! Report

            Short has now had the home series, england series and now this, most other players not afforded same lenght of time and fact being that finch, khawaja opening partnership would be lethal, also questioning stonis’s role in the team now, we miss mitch

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 9:51am
          Don Freo said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

          A long stay? Wasn’t that his 2nd T20 for Oz?

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:10am
            BrainsTrust said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:10am | ! Report

            Khawaja needs to be in all formats. And nothing like playing against Pakistan to boost the morale of a struggling team. They seem to have a special knack for this :). Brilliant spell of bowling. He is the only one shining in this gloomy period for Australian cricket.

          • Columnist

            July 3rd 2018 @ 12:18pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

            Short has easily done enough so far to justify his T20I selection.

            In his seven matches he’s averaged 38 at a strike rate of 144, that’s a great return, especially given that all of his games have been against top five-ranked teams – England, NZ and Pakistan.

            T20I records:

            Khawaja …… avg. 27, strike rate 132

            Short ……….. avg. 38, strike rate 144

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 4:58pm
              George said | July 3rd 2018 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

              Khawaja hasn’t had a chance in the T20 side in the last few years at a time when he has easily been the best t20 domestic player in the last 3 years, no other player averages over 50 in the big bash over the last 5 years and he single handidly took the Thunder to their only title

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:29pm
                Krishna Singh said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

                If and it’s a big if Warner walks back into the ODI side for the WC our top batting 4 barring injury will be Warner, Finch, Khawaja, Marsh. 5 and 6 will be a lottery between a pack inc Head, MMarsh, Maxwell, Stoinis, Carey, Agar. And Ronan you cherry picking your stats on khawaja, how about showing his stats in big bash in last couple years as he is king in this format and one day format at domestic

              • Roar Rookie

                July 3rd 2018 @ 9:51pm
                maverick said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

                You are talking about big bash form?Short was the player of the big bash last year.He has a better record than Khawaja in international t20s as Ronan mentioned.Stop being a blind Khawaja mark.

      • Roar Guru

        July 3rd 2018 @ 9:20am
        JamesH said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:20am | ! Report

        Warner IS banned though! And Dunk was awful last BBL. No way could he be picked. Carey deserves his chance.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 2:09pm
          KenoathCarnt said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

          I feel with Short we have seen the best of a cameo player who is out of form. He was good on the easy Aus decks hitting through the line but in the IPL who was dreadful and has looked quite sub par since. Given the injuries and bans he we still obviously be in the team , but he will probly subside. Then again the next T20 WC is in Aus so I wouldnt write him off.

          • Columnist

            July 3rd 2018 @ 2:21pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

            Actually, Short has played 4 of his 7 matches outside Australia and has done better away from home so far in his T20I career:

            Home …… avg 35, strike rate 123

            Away ……. avg 40, strike rate 157

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 2:34pm
              KenoathCarnt said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

              Again those stats are boosted from a very easy game at Eden park where the world record was set and boundries were being scored for fun. He was also in the form of his life at that time. Against Eng and Pakistan he has been average but has the chance to redeem himself. Khawaja is nothing but consistent and was our best batsmen in the last T20 WC.

              • Columnist

                July 3rd 2018 @ 2:59pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

                Ok now I realise who you are. You’re prolific. How do you keep track of it all?

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 3:15pm
                3 recalcitrant monkeys said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

                I don’t know if he actually sleeps . But you have to give credit for his content .

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 3:45pm
                KenoathCarnt said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

                Short is a good player I’m just not 100% convinced of his recent form. He was useless in the IPL getting dropped a few times from the team. Although most Aus batsmen were poor besides Lynn and Watson. Khawaja is consistent. Wouldnt you prefer a batsmen make quick fire 30’s 4 games in a row rather then 3 games of nothing and wasted power plays with one redeeming high scoring innings?

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 5:36pm
                George said | July 3rd 2018 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

                Key message here is that Khawaja is consistent, most consistent and should be the second batsman picked after finch

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:30pm
                Krishna Singh said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:30pm | ! Report

                Be interesting to see how we go and who is played in tonight’s match. Short did better as a middle order batsmen, get him to face more spin, learn the hard way. Though agree with kenoatcarnt, khawaja should come in ahead of short. Outstanding from Billy yesterday, i can see he’ll be causing England pain in Australia for years to come

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 4:45pm
          KenoathCarnt said | July 3rd 2018 @ 4:45pm | ! Report


    • July 3rd 2018 @ 5:56am
      cos1 said | July 3rd 2018 @ 5:56am | ! Report

      Excellent performance by Stanlake! That was something to watch.

      Stanlake is a young, green and developing bowler, but it was frustrating watching him in the ODI’s. Michael Holding used to say ‘if a batsman wants to drive, he can rent a car.’ Stanlake was often too full and was driven consistently, failing to make the most of his height (he sometimes overcompensated by bowling too short – after you are driven a few times, batsmen can predict the short ball). His best innings was when he bowled slightly short of a length and troubled the top order – especially Root and Morgan. It looks like he has now (relatively quickly) honed in on the right length – he may now have the game plan to match his natural endowments.

      Re test team honors – I think that is a while off. The big problem Stanlake has is stamina and endurance – he struggles to maintain his pace even in 3 over ODI spells. He will probably need to fill out/buff up a bit more before he will be considered for five day cricket. The last thing we need is another fast bowler spending half his career on the sidelines, and the fact that he looks a tad like Bruce Reid will turn on the warning signals.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 8:31am
        Krishna Singh said | July 3rd 2018 @ 8:31am | ! Report

        Stanlake was amazing, i love what i see with him. And lets be honest, pakistan is not a consistent team, this is so called no1 team🇵🇰Pakistan in batting 116/10 brilliant bowling from Australian stanlake 8/4 🇵🇰😃what a one side match for Australia.

        • Columnist

          July 3rd 2018 @ 12:27pm
          Ronan O'Connell said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

          “Pakistan is not a consistent team”

          Actually, here’s the facts:

          Pakistan in T20Is have ……. won their last 8 series in a row ……. won 20 of their past 24 matches.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 1:03pm
            Brasstax said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

            But how much of those 20 wins have come against the likes of Australia, England, India or SA? I am willing to bet most of those games were against Sri Lanka, BD and WI.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:31pm
            Krishna Singh said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

            Pakistan always very lose side, if we don’t beat them this series then shame on us

    • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:57am
      Christo the Daddyo said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:57am | ! Report

      I think he’s got a bright future at the short form of the game, but I’m not sure there should be too much talk about Test honours. Let’s see how he goes with a couple of full Shield seasons before getting too carried away, yeah?

      • Roar Guru

        July 3rd 2018 @ 9:22am
        JamesH said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        My thoughts exactly, Christo.

      • Columnist

        July 3rd 2018 @ 12:30pm
        Ronan O'Connell said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

        But do you think the selectors will wait until Stanlake has completed “a couple of full Shield seasons” before picking him in Tests?

        History suggests there’s very little chance of that eventuating.

        • Roar Guru

          July 3rd 2018 @ 12:33pm
          Rellum said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

          No chance, hopefully he can get through a couple of games.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 4:51pm
            KenoathCarnt said | July 3rd 2018 @ 4:51pm | ! Report

            Stanlake is a class act but l would prefer him stick as a short specialist considering the long fast bowler injury list.

    • July 3rd 2018 @ 9:50am
      Paul said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      Stanlakes performances have highlighted why Australia needs to stop thinking about each team as a fixed XII and think more about a squad who are changed depending on conditions.

      Stanlake bowled twice in England on pitches that suited him and was all but unplayable. Ditto in Harare. He then went to Trent Bridge where he was completely unsuited and got belted. Ronan mentioned this at the time, so why pick him if he’s not best suited to the conditions?

      The same principle should apply to all squads for all forms of the game. We continually put guys into positions where they’re simply not suited, then wonder why our sides aren’t winning.

      As for Stanlake playing in Tests, by all means if his performances over the coming months warrant selection. Before doing so, think about where he might bowl and if it’s going to be on a road like the MCG was last year, don’t play him because he’s simply not suited to that type of wicket.

    • Roar Guru

      July 3rd 2018 @ 10:26am
      Rellum said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:26am | ! Report

      Watching Stanlake on a pitch with just a little bit of assistance gives a little inkling of what is was like to see the mighty West Indies in their prime. It is great and something we need to see a whole lot more of.

      The fielding as fantastic last night as well. Five very good catches.

      • Columnist

        July 3rd 2018 @ 12:31pm
        Ronan O'Connell said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

        I agree Rellum the fielding was brilliant last night – Finch, especially was outstanding with three very good catches. It’s an aspect of Australia’s cricket that gets little attention but which has declined significantly over the past 10-15 years.

        • Roar Guru

          July 3rd 2018 @ 12:35pm
          Rellum said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

          It certainly has dropped off. The hey days or Waugh, Ponting and Symonds and the standards set by Bobby Simpson in the late 80’s have not been carried on in my opinion. Hopefully this is a sigh of a positive influence by Langer.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 5:01pm
          George said | July 3rd 2018 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

          Roman talking up finch again lol

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:32pm
            Krishna Singh said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:32pm | ! Report

            Better then finch was khawaja catch in county haha. But we need more fielding like finch and khawaja to set standard

          • Roar Guru

            July 3rd 2018 @ 7:44pm
            Rellum said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:44pm | ! Report

            The rank hypocrisy of some people.

    • July 3rd 2018 @ 2:09pm
      jameswm said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

      I would still have Tremain as first backup right now (not including Pattinson).

      However, Behrendorff and Stanlake are the two who once they’ve proven they can handle it, would also be very interesting to look at.

      I hope Stanlake is managed well. Let’s get him through a few Shield games first, and get him strength int he right places.

      • Columnist

        July 3rd 2018 @ 3:02pm
        Ronan O'Connell said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

        Tremain should definitely be next in line for a Test spot after the Big Three, his stats over the last three Sheffield Shield seasons are elite.

        Sayers looked innocuous in SA, I can’t see how he can have an impact in Tests bowling at 120kmh and, while I’ve long been a big fan of Bird, he doesn’t look the same bowler at international level since he dropped from bowling 134-138kmh consistently to bowling mostly 125-130kmh.

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