Tim David’s career as an Australian representative may not be limited to the Twenty20 format of the sport.
Such is David’s power with the bat, his ability with the ball and his ability in the field, Australia’s new wildcard also had the potential to play one-day cricket for his nation, according to his T20 captain Aaron Finch.
“He’s a star,” Finch said of the 26-year-old all-rounder ahead of the T20 World Cup.
“He is well and truly recognized around the world on the T20 scene and yet has his advantages in devoting his skills to one format.
“It allows you to become really specialized. This could eventually turn into one-day cricket for him because he is as pure a hitter of the ball as you will get, he bowls some handy overs and he is also quite good in the field.
“By the time the tournament is over, he’s sure to be a household name.”
Finch admitted he was pleasantly surprised by David’s composure in the “finishing role” of batting.
“For somebody to be able to be really collected under pressure in a very crazy time of the game is something that probably surprised me,” he said.
“It comes from playing a lot of T20 cricket in a similar role over the last couple of years.
“I think he’s played over 120 games in the last two years. It’s unusual to be able to gain such an experience so quickly.”
Ahead of the warm-up against Team India in Brisbane on Monday, Finch said his side were “very close to success” in their bid to successfully defend the T2 World Cup.
“With the bat, we were probably just one wicket too many, which made it eight back,” he said.
“It would have been good if there were two of us, (but) there were three of us and every time we put together a partnership, we lost one and we lost a little bit of momentum.
“We did very well with the ball. In general, we are very close.
“It’s about making sure we have as many bases covered as possible in a tournament that’s really tough.
“I feel like everyone is in a really good place. There’s a real calmness to our group and a confidence that we know our best is good enough for the day … but you’ll also need a bit of luck in the T20 World Cup.
“The format allows one single play to knock teams out or change the course of the tournament.
“You have to accept it and hope you’re on the right side. We have enough match winners in our side to put enough pressure on the opposition.”