Garth makes a case to be Australia’s permanent spearhead

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Garth makes a case to be Australia’s permanent spearhead – Gudstory

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KIM Garth still can’t quite believe she’s been selected to play cricket for Australia, but she’d better get used to it. Because after being named Player of the Match and Player of the Series against West Indies, it will now be very difficult to leave her out.
Garth, 27, was not selected in any of Australia’s limited-overs caps during the Ashes multi-format and did not play in the first two T20Is against the West Indies when Hayley Matthews was attacking the Australian bowlers. But its inclusion in the third match of the T20I series, with Australia under enormous pressure, and the subsequent ODI series was a crucial move.

She took 2 for 24 in the crucial T20I series and followed that up with figures of 3 for 8, 1 for 20 and 2 for 14 in the ODI series including dismissing Mathews for just 20 and 23, bowled and lbw respectively. No Australian bowler, nor one in world cricket this year, has been able to contain Matthews, yet it was Australia’s newest fast bowler, the former Ireland international, who did.

“I’m very happy,” Garth said. “I think if you looked at the results in terms of numbers, it would probably say I played better at the beginning of the series. But I don’t actually feel that way in terms of how I feel. I felt like I got better throughout the series. In that first match, I was probably bowling a little wider than the stumps and I felt as the series progressed, I got a little bit of rhythm and probably bowled my best today.”

Garth still doesn’t feel like she belongs in the Australian team. Having made the brave decision to quit her Irish career in 2019 and try to qualify for Australia, having played 37 ODIs and 51 T20I matches for the country of her birth, she is still pinching herself that she has already earned a place in the team.

But given the way she has played in this series, and her performance overall every time she has played for Australia since making her debut for her adopted country in December last year, it is difficult to understand how she has played so little.

She played three T20Is on Australia’s maiden tour against India last year and bowled more dot balls in those three matches than any of her teammates. She also had a better economy rate for the series than all the Australian bowlers except Ellyse Perry. However, she did not play any matches in Australia’s T20 World Cup win in South Africa and was not selected for either the T20s or ODIs in the Ashes, but she did play in the Test match, as it was one of Australia’s most economical matches. shooters.

After spending so much time running drinks and watching from the sidelines, this performance against Matthews and the West Indies is likely to prove to herself and Australia’s selectors that she deserves a permanent place in all three formats.

“It’s definitely been a lot [for my confidence]“I think since I got into the Australian team it’s been absolutely unbelievable, but as a result, I haven’t played as much cricket as I think I have over the last few years,” Garth said.

“Cricket is a funny game. It plays with your mind. So, the more time you spend sitting on the sidelines thinking about it, the more you talk yourself into or out of things.

“Every time I pull on the Australian jersey it’s very exciting to be able to go out there and perform and hopefully get my place which has been really fun.”


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