Following a summer filled with selection surprises, Cricket Australia are preparing to announce the debut of a young right-handed batsman for this Saturday’s deciding ODI against India. Chasing their first ODI series win in two years, selectors are reportedly set to roll the dice on explosive yet relatively unheard of Daniel Worner who, despite not playing any first class cricket in his home country, is currently making headlines in a Bangladesh Twenty20 league.
Worner set social media alight this morning after blasting Chris Gayle for a straight six down the ground, followed immediately by two consecutive fours, before mysteriously disappearing from the batting crease — presumably to answer a phone call from the Aussie selectors. An inside source from Cricket Australia contacted The Watsonia Bugle this afternoon to leak news of the surprise selection.
The source said, “Ever since Dave Warner got suspended, we’ve been looking for genuine explosiveness at the top of the order. While this nuggety young fella from the suburbs of Sydney doesn’t have much top-level experience, if he can jag us a few quick runs in the early overs, it could really lay the platform for a big score. We’re desperate to get an ODI series win, and sometimes you have to take these kinds of risks to put the opposition on the back foot. I bet none of the Indian bowlers have heard of this little bloke.”