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The defining moments in Josh Philippe’s career

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20th September, 2020
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Josh Philippe, 23, is becoming one of Australia’s best wicketkeeper batsmen.

In the last month alone, he was named in Australia’s ODI and T20I Squad against England and was drafted by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL for $41,000.

Throughout this year, he has begun to make a name for himself around the world. To understand his journey here’s a look at four of his most defining games in the last three years.

November 4-5, 2017
WACA XI against England

As England were getting geared up for their upcoming 0:4 defeat in the Ashes, they played against a WACA XI in an official Cricket Australia 2-day tour game.

The WACA XI was led by Nathan Coulter-Nile and consisted of players who, at the time, were either good first grade players or Western Australia second-team players looking to secure their name in the Western Australia state cricket system.

Some of these names included now Big Bash signed Clint Hinchliffe, Lance Morris, Tim David, Aaron Hardie and Josh Philippe.

Opening the batting, Philippe scored 88 off 92 and led his team to a draw. Another thing to note was that Josh Philippe was a specialist batsman in this game, with Western Australia Country XI keeper Calum How taking the gloves.

This shows that Philippe went from being the second best keeper in WA’s second team to the third best white-ball keeper in the entire country in only three years.

Josh Philippe of the Sixers runs out Ashton Turner of the Scorchers

Josh Philippe (Brett Hemmings – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

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October 16-19, 2018
WA against Victoria in Sheffield Shield

In Round 1 of the 2018-19 Sheffield Shield season, Philippe came into bat at six in both of WA’s innings. Similar to the WACA XI match, he played as a specialist batsman with Josh Inglis being the first choice wicketkeeper.

In this game, Philippe showed his versatility as a batsman with a quick-fire 41 off 27 in the first innings and 104 off 142 in the second. To this day, this is Philippe’s only century playing for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

October 31, 2018
Cricket Australia XI against South Africa

To get South Africa ready for their ODI series with Australia, they faced off against the Cricket Australia XI at Manuka Oval. Philippe kept in this match-up and played his part in four dismissals with zero byes.

Batting wise, Philippe held his own against a star-studded line-up consisting of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi. Josh Philippe got 57 off 53, leading the Cricket Australia XI to a win and himself to a man of the match award.

February 18, 2020
Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars in the BBL|09 Final

Having only previously won one Big Bash, the Sixers were up against last-year’s runners-up, the Melbourne Stars.

Sydney batted first with Philippe and England international James Vince opening together. Philippe scored 52 off only 29 balls and let no byes through when keeping. Despite Sydney ending with 116/5, they ended up winning the game with Josh Philippe earning a much-deserved Player of the Match Award.