The Australian summer has arrived and Australian summer means lots of cricket, be it international or domestic. The Ashes is already underway and the flamboyant Big Bash League is less than a month away now. Franchisees are trying their best to get their team combinations just right before the start of another season. The BBL is home to many upcoming cricketers as it gives them an opportunity to play against or with international cricketers and prove their mettle.
Another such player who is regarded as one of the future stars is cult hero Mickey Edwards, who has been roped in by Sydney Sixers for the upcoming season. He might not be the only member of the Edward family to don the magenta jersey in next season. His younger brother Jack Edwards has also been selected as a development rookie for BBL|07.
Mickey fielded for the Australian team last year as a substitute during the SCG Test and immediately became a crowd hero as he earned roaring applause from the crowd every time the ball went near me. The right-arm bowler stands tall at 6 ft 5 inches as and has been prone to injuries in the recent years. However, Sixers coach Greg Shipperd believes he’s ready to make an impact in the upcoming season.
“Our bowling stocks have received a boost with the re-signing of emerging young paceman Mickey Edwards who showed some eye-catching rhythm and pace in the recent JLT series, T20 bowling demands the ability to bowl under pressure and through three quite individual phases of the game we know that Mickey has that relaxed and calm demeanour and displays the requisite appetite to compete at this level. Swing bounce and pace are skills he can deliver we are keen for him to join our young group including Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis and Henry Thornton.”
His younger brother Jack is a promising all-rounder and has proved he is potent playing for the under-19 national team. The 17-year-old scored a century against Sri Lanka earlier this year. Shipperd said:
“Looking to the future I can see the ‘brothers in arms’ in magenta creating great headaches for opposition teams in the BBL, Jack at this stage is more of a top order specialist batsman, shaping as one of NSW best young talents. I have also seen his lively medium pace deliveries which are pushing him into the allrounder category, a blessing for team structures. We welcome Jack into our fold and expect him to learn rapidly surrounded by some serious cricketers who are happy to share their knowledge with him.”