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Jake Fraser-McGurk creates cricket history in message to Australian selectors after brutal snub

Jake Fraser-McGurk made another categorical statement to the Australian cricket selectors after notching up an extraordinary record in another Indian Premier League masterclass for Delhi Capitals. The form Fraser-McGurk overlooked for Australia’s T20 World Cup squad in a move that shocked many fans, and his stunning final half-century for Delhi against Rajasthan Royals made his case even more compelling.

In his first match since the brutal World Cup snub, Fraser-McGurk blasted a 19-ball fifty to set an IPL record in just his seventh match after becoming the first player to score three half-centuries from 20 balls in the history of the competition. Incredibly, it was the 22-year-old’s fourth half-century in his debut campaign and helped Ricky Ponting’s Capitals record a 20-run win over the Royals.

Seen here is Australian cricket star Jake Fraser-McGurk in the IPL.Seen here is Australian cricket star Jake Fraser-McGurk in the IPL.

Australian cricket star Jake Fraser-McGurk has become the first man to score three fifties in the IPL in less than 20 balls. Photo: IPL/Getty

Fraser-McGurk belted the Rajasthan bowlers all over the field, but scored their final milestone with a remarkable over from Avesh Khan. The young Australian gun took on Khan with a bold array of big hits and brought up his fifty by hitting the Royals bowler for 28 after making 4-4-4-6-4-6.

Fraser-McGurk then removed his very next ball after missing a full toss from Ravichandran Ashwin (3-24) at mid-wicket to end a swashbuckling innings. His compatriot Abishek Porel made an entertaining 65 from 36 balls to help the Capitals reach 8-221 from their 20 overs.

Delhi coach Ricky Ponting was full of praise for Fraser-McGurk afterwards. “He didn’t surprise me with what he did,” Ponting said. “I watched him well in the BBL and knew what he was capable of.” Fraser-McGurk still has an outside chance of being included in Australia’s 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup, but that would likely only come at the cost of an injury to another batter in the squad and must be made before the start of the tournament. next month.

His Delhi teammate and Australian veteran David Warner is suffering from a finger injury which actually handed Fraser-McGurk his opportunity in the IPL. And Australian skipper Mitch Marsh is suffering from a hamstring injury from which he is confident he will recover in time for the World Cup. With both expected to return to action soon, fans have once again called for Fraser-McGurk’s inclusion in the World Cup squad following her latest exploits.

Delhi’s total of 221 looked under threat when visiting skipper Sanju Sansom notched his fifth half-century this season. But his dismissal, a deep catch that was ruled clear by the third official, swung the match in favor of the home team. Rajasthan, who are yet to confirm their play-off berth, lost three more wickets in the next two overs and Delhi restricted the opposition to 201-8 for their sixth win in 12 matches.

The result comes after Fraser-McGurk gave a classy response to her World Cup snub, insisting he was “okay” with the omission and praising the hitters chosen before him. Australia chief selector George Bailey said Fraser-McGurk missed out because the top order was already established with Warner, Marsh and Travis Head, while other middle-order hitters offered greater flexibility .

Pictured, left to right, are Australian cricket stars Jake Fraser-McGurk and David Warner. Pictured, left to right, are Australian cricket stars Jake Fraser-McGurk and David Warner.

Youngster Jake Fraser-McGurk was overlooked for Australia’s T20 Cricket World Cup squad after selectors opted to go with veterans such as David Warner. Photo: Getty

The reality is that Fraser-McGurk now has scores of 12, 84, 23, 65, 20, 55 and 50 in his first seven IPL matches, averaging 44.14 with an astonishing strike rate of 235.87 . He has also hit a staggering 30 fours and 26 sixes this season and could not have done much more to stake his claim to selection for the T20 World Cup.

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“There are two ways of looking at it. You can see it through: “This is what I did to prove my case,” and then there’s also: “Look, a month and a half ago, I wasn’t even in the picture he told Adam Peacock on the Willow Talk podcast. “They (the selectors) probably had a good idea of ​​what it was like a month and a half ago…

“You have David Warner, our all-time best opener in three formats. You have Travis Head, who lights it here and has been lighting it for 18 months. And then Mitch Marsh is the same and he’s also the captain. I don’t really see myself hitting five or six because we’re more there with Timmy David, Cam Green, those type of guys. So that’s how I think about it. It is very good. I hope there will be more time for this.

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