Josh Inglis has played so brilliantly in his first two games of international cricket that his toughest challenge has been to coordinate with his teammates when running between the wickets.
Inglis top-scored for Australia in their Super Over win over Sri Lanka on Sunday, with 48 off 32 balls. This performance came after he made 23 from 18 on T20I debut batting one down on Friday.
The 26-year-old reverse-swept his fourth ball in international cricket for four off the world’s No. 1-ranked T20I bowler, Wanindu Hasaranga, and has looked at ease whatever time he has spent on the crease. He was left disappointed that he couldn’t convert last night’s 48 into a bigger score to give Australia more to defend.
Inglis was a part of two mix-ups, with Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith. Neither was his fault and neither ended in a wicket. Australia’s middle-order partnerships have played slowly in the first two matches of the series and Inglis admitted they need to gel as quickly as possible.
It’s been a long year for me, but enjoying the process – Inglis
“I felt pretty good again,” Inglis said. “It was a bit of a tough wicket. It wasn’t going to be one that you could blast a 60 off 30. It was one you had to sort of hit the gaps, run hard, and just play good cricket shots. I played okay. I’m disappointed to get out when I did. It was probably a couple of hours away from really going hard there at the back end, and it’s probably where you get those 180-plus scores. So disappointed with my dismissal but on the whole the way I started my innings I’m pretty happy.”
“Obviously you’re starting new relationships with different players,” he said. “You’ve got to build those on the spot and you’ve got to do it pretty quickly. I think if we’re communicating well, it will happen quicker than not. I’m looking forward to that happening in the near future hopefully.”
“He’s very, very experienced,” Inglis said of Henriques. “He’s a very good player of spin. We’ve seen him do it in the IPL as well and a lot of tournaments. He’s a very good player. Powerful hitter. And he brings valuable overs as well in the field. So I’m sure if he was to get a go do a very good job.”
“It’s been a long year for me. It’s been tough. I haven’t been home in a while and very much looking forward to that. But it’s so exciting. I’ve only just started playing international cricket so absolutely pumped and I’m showing plenty of energy at the minute.”