Australian fast bowler Sean Abbott has set the horizon on the international cricket, as he is concurrently representing Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Sixers in the ongoing seventh edition of the Twenty20 league.
“There’s definitely a lot of hard work to do. That’s always in the back of your mind, everyone wants to play for their country,” Abbott told AAP.
Interestingly, since past two seasons of the league, Abbott has been delivering for Sixers, as it’s the clear indication of his appetite to represent national side in the foreseeable future.
“You want to be playing cricket and the best way to improve is to get that experience and play more and more games,” Abbott remarked.
Earlier, Abbott made it clear by saying it’s up to the national selection committee of the Cricket Australia (CA), as he is one of the contenders in the limited-overs cricket.
“I’d definitely be ready for it and I’d be up to it if selectors decided to go that way,” Abbott maintained.
The 25-year-old right-arm bowler is keen to don the national jersey after making his debut way back in October 2014 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“I had a taste of it a few years ago and I think about it quite a lot and it’s somewhere I want to get back to,” Abbott explained.
The three-year drought has forced the promising bowler Abbott to work hard on his game and is witnessing the Ashes 2017-18 competition closely at home.
In 2013, Abbott played three T20Is fixtures and a solitary One-day International game as he picked just two wickets on the subcontinent tour.
“It gave me some time to work on things physically and have a think about my own game,” Abbott added.
Abbott, who has been part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), witnessed the healthy competition.
“All the guys playing for our country at the moment are playing some really good cricket so there’s a lot of competition around,” Abbott feels.
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In the sixth edition of the BBL, Abbott was the most wicket-taker which recently saw him picking three wickets after conceding 28 runs. After going wicketless in the BBL opener against Sydney Thunder, Abbott also scored 23 while facing Perth Scorchers.
“While being out of the game hurts, there’s always a way you can improve and I just made the best out a bad situation,” Abbott, who was also jolted when his ball struck late Phillip Hughes during the domestic game.
In 2016, Abbott injured his ankle when he was hit by Australian opener Cameron Bancroft’s shot
“I was getting around on a little knee scooter and getting quite a lot of funny looks, especially when I was zooming around Bunnings and Woolies,” Abbott reminisced.
In 2015, Abbott was the recipient of Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year for his brilliant performances.