Billy Stanlake Set to Return to Cricket after Suffering Injury in IPL
Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake, who got ruled out of the IPL 2018 with a broken finger after playing just four games for Sunrisers Hyderabad, will resume bowling later this week.
Stanlake picked up five wickets in the four matches in the IPL at an economy rate of 8.12.
However, his journey in the tournament got cut short, as he fractured his right little finger during a game against Chennai Super Kings on 22 April and thus returned home for recovery.
Stanlake underwent surgery, and it has now got confirmed that he can start bowling as early as on 11th May.
Stanlake has been picked in the Australian ODI squad which will tour England and Zimbabwe later this year.
Australia will take the first steps towards building a new team after the horrific ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which saw three of their premier players mainly Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft getting banned by CA.
Stanlake spoke to the media, and said,
“I think I’ve found that if I get it right, it’s going to be difficult for anyone to score or do well against (me). It’s a simple game plan that I don’t really need to overcomplicate: Bowl fast, bowl aggressive and take wickets.”
Stanlake hopes to perform well in the upcoming matches, as the team will be without of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, both of whom are out with injuries.
“I don’t want to put a ceiling on (speed), and I don’t want just to be happy with where I am now – I’ve still got a few years for my body to mature and strengthen. So I don’t see why I can’t get faster,” he said. “That’s the challenge. I know I’ve got a big year of hopefully playing a lot of games, and getting another year older is going to play a factor in that.”
Talking about his chances for the 2019 World Cup, Stanlake said,
“That’s a great goal to have, to try and make that team. But that’s a long way away. The important thing for me is to stay injury free and be playing cricket. Last summer, the volume of games I played, I got some continuity for once. And the more you play, the more confident you get.”
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