Jake Fraser-McGurk on his record hundred: ‘Everything felt a lot slower than usual’

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Jake Fraser-McGurk on his record hundred: ‘Everything felt a lot slower than usual’ – Gudstory

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When you throw AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle out of their shoes, their lives can get a bit blurry, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Jake Fraser-McGurk’s feat in Adelaide a few days ago, where he scored a 29-ball hundred, was no surprise. Still sinking in.

Fraser-McGurk’s stunning display at Karen Rolton Oval saw de Villiers’ two 31-ball deliveries against the West Indies in 2015 go down as the fastest List A century, and was also surpassed by a single 30-ball T20 effort from Gayle against the Pune Warriors in the IPL 2015 which means Fraser-McGurk holds the fastest hundred in the professional game.

“I have no idea [about the record]. “I was just trying to hit the ball to the boundary. I came out and a few of the boys said you broke some records and the one that stood out was AB against West Indies. I remember watching that innings, it was unbelievable,” he told ESPNcricinfo.

The attack started when Fraser McGurk got 32 points from Sam Rainbird’s second. He made it through fifty births out of 18, needing only 11 more to reach the century. In all, he hit 13 sixes, and 23 of the 38 balls he faced before finding deep mid-on went to the boundary.

He said: “I was seeing the ball very clearly and I felt that everything was much slower than usual. I was in that zone, that mental state, which is something you try to be in every time as a batsman, but it is rare.” “For this to finally happen is very exciting.”

The stunning display came early in a new phase of Fraser-McGurk’s career following his winter move from Victoria to South Australia, although he will remain with the Melbourne Renegades in the A-League. Having made headlines as a 17-year-old when he scored half-centuries on both his List A and first-class debut, it was a tough ride in the early years of his career.

“It’s hard to leave your home and all your friends,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of cricket with the Victorian boys throughout my young career. I’ve made lifelong friendships with those guys but I felt I needed to be a bit selfish and do what’s best for me and get more opportunities elsewhere.” “South Australia came in and accepted it with open arms. “They were absolutely wonderful.”

He was particularly full of praise for batting coach Steve Stubbings – “up there with one of my best, everything is so clear with him” – but he continues to rely heavily on his long-time coach Shannon Young at Victoria. .

“I’ve been around for a while, but some people forget that I’m still only 21, so hopefully I’ll get a lot more from my cricket coming up, and the way I see it, I’m just getting started.”

“Every time you go out you have to adapt to the circumstances, but I usually go out and bat with some positive intentions and try to make the game on my terms,” he said. “It’s a new process that I’m working on, and I’m still learning and trusting, watching the ball with incredible intensity, being calm and having complete confidence in myself that I can play the shot I want on every pass.”

Having struggled to get off to a promising start as a 17-year-old, Fraser-McGurk admits he has doubted himself at various stages, but believes starting too young can make it easy to forget that his game is still developing.

“You have that thought in the back of your head when you think you can’t do it when you’re not feeling well,” he said. “I started well in both games for the first time, and I thought I could only improve when I was a young, naive kid. I’ve been around for a while, but some people forget that I’m still only 21, so hopefully I can… There’s a lot of cricket to come and the way I see it, I’m just getting started.

“I found myself a few times thinking, ‘This is too difficult,’ but then I realized where some of the other greats of the game were at my age. Steve Smith was a bowler my age and is now one of the best batsmen in the world. So things like that, You have to realize that you have plenty of time.

“But it never means taking a step back or stop working hard, it just means that you have time to discover your vocation and I hope now that you get this result, it can be clearer for me.”

Andrew McGlashan is deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo


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