South Australian paceman Chadd Sayers will get an opportunity to imitate his international role model Vernon Philander when Australia tours the Rainbow Nation early next month.
Also, Sayers will replace injured Jackson Bird in the squad. Further, the squad leaves on Thursday for four Tests in March and April.
Chairman of selector Trevor Hohn’s called Sayers to inform him about the news. However, Sayers is practical about his chances. Also, he wants to demonstrate his ability to get a Test spot.
Sayer’s praised Vernon Philander:
Sayers wants to emulate what Vernon Philander does for South Africa. Further, Sayers intends to put his best foot forward if an opportunity comes towards him.
“I’ve been watching him ever since he started [in 2011], I guess [we are] similar bowlers,” Sayers said of Philander. “Not the fiery big quicks and just put the ball on the spot and let that do the talking. I’ve been watching his career so far, and I’ll keep doing that while I’m over there. I think as we all know the three big quicks are going to get the first crack as always and they’ve been going brilliantly over the last series, so I think I’ll be waiting for an injury, but I’ll be over there now and putting my best foot forward,” Sayers added.
Sayers admitted he watched the India series closely. He feels it will be tough over there in their conditions to win a series, but I think we’ve got the firepower to do that.
Smith justifies Sayer’s selection:
Smith feels it’s a like to like replacement. Also, Smith feels Sayers deserves the spot for his performance in domestic games.
“It’s disappointing for Jackson, but it’s exciting for Chadd at the same time,” Smith said. “It’s like-for-like, they’re both pretty similar. They both stand the seam up nicely, and Chadd’s been rewarded for what he’s done in Shield cricket over the last couple of years.
“He’s very accurate; he knows what he’s doing, he stands the seam up. If there’s anything in the wicket, he’ll certainly get everything out of it. He’s a difficult one because he’s so short, not many balls go over the stumps, which makes him a pretty handy proposition when the ball is seaming around. It’s a good selection,” Smith added.
Sayers bagged record-breaking 60 wickets in the previous Shield tournament. However, he had a poor outing in the last Sheffield outing, as he returned wicketless.
Australia will start the tour with a four-day practice game starting on February 22.
Further, here is the newsfeed: