The emerging Aussie batsman Jake Weatherald in his interview for Cricket Pakistan is pumped up to face Pakistan’s elite pacers, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, as he thinks that it will help him develop as a batsman.
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“I can’t say I want to face Shaheen too much. I have watched him quite a bit and he looks like a quality bowler. Hasan Ali looks like an awesome competitor as well. So to come up against them and do well would be awesome. As a young batsman, it would be really great to take them down but it would also be an opportunity to face them and see what I need to work on and need to get better at,” he said.
Playing for Quetta Gladiators will provide him with his first opportunity to play in a foreign league.
“I am really excited. Obviously, I am disappointed that it is not in Pakistan. I think it will be really good to go there [Pakistan] and experience the culture. But I guess you need to take every opportunity you can, so I am really excited to play my first international type tournament. It will be a new experience outside the Big Bash,” Weatherald said.
The 26-year-old has rolled up his socks to adjust to the scorching heat in Abu Dhabi.
“I am actually from Darwin, which is north of Australia, so it is humid and tropical over there. I lived there for 15 years, so I am used to heat. But I don’t know if I am used to 45-degree heat. So I guess that would be a bit of a challenge,” he said.
Weatherald also varies the spin factor in Abu Dhabi. However, he is hopeful that playing alongside Afghanistan’s spin wizard Rashid Khan for Adelaide Strikers in Big Bash League, would aid him to tackle the spin.
“The wickets are little more challenging than Australia as ball tends to stay a little lower. So it will be a really good challenge for players from Australia. Playing with Rash [Rashid] and facing him a lot in the nets might help in Abu Dhabi. It is a good opportunity to learn about different conditions and also learn from the Pakistani players and the international players that will be playing in my team,” he said.
The smash buckling left-hander has set his goals for the national squad. With speculation regarding UAE as a potential replacement of venue for the T20 World Cup later this year, Weatherald believes that PSL would provide him with the perfect opportunity to strengthen his case for selection in the Australian squad.
” If you can go to those conditions and do well, it stands you in really good stead. To be able to adapt to different conditions, to have a high strike rate and to get your team off to good starts as an opener, holds a lot of weight for your selection,” he said.
The explosive batsman has 1668 runs to his name in T20 cricket with a healthy strike of 132.48. Seeing the weakness of Quetta in the opening department during the Karachi leg of PSL 6. Weatherald could provide consistency and explosiveness at the top order.