After Matthew Wade’s impressive Twenty20 and one-day debuts in recent weeks, another first gamer has stolen the Australin cricket spotlight with a memorable first game performance.
Batsman Peter Forrest was sensational in Australia’s loss to India on Sunday night and looks to be a permanent fixture for the one-day side in the near future.
The 26-year-old smashed 66 runs off 83 balls and displayed some big hitting that should make him extremely valuable for Australia’s middle order. Forrest showed some great footwork by hitting boundaries off both feet and made a concentrated effort to attack shorter balls rather than chip away at singles.
He was left out of Australia’s first two one-day matches, but with a bunch of ageing batsman it would appear likely that he may become a top-order replacement sooner than expected.
Playing in Adelaide, Australia posted a total of 269 but India surpassed that target in a disappointing final over for the home side as they gave up the required 13 runs remaining.
Opener Gautam Gambhir made 92 off 111 balls before being caught lbw by Clint McKay and M.S Dhoni also produced 44 not out.
The bad news continued for the Aussies as captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Friday’s match against Sri Lanka with a hamstring injury.
Despite the injury being only a strain, Clarke is hoping to be fit for Sunday’s match and in the meantime ex-captain Ricky Ponting will fill the leadship void.
Shane Watson returned to club level after a six-week hiatus with a calf injury. The vice-captain is a possibility to return in the near future.