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Cricket: Tim David profile - Could he make it to the World Cup?

Tim David’s call-up to the Australia One Day International squad is a sure sign that the swashbuckling batsman is in the selectors' thoughts ahead of the World Cup.

David has been left out of the initial 15-man World Cup squad, but could still come in and play a part as doubts remain over the fitness of Glenn Maxwell.

If Maxwell does not recover in time, then David, who is a player very much in the same mould, could get the nod despite a lack of experience in the 50-over format.

David is very highly thought of and it would be no surprise if he got the call up to Australia’s World Cup squad.

Name Tim David 
Date of birth16/03/96 - 27yrs old
Place of Birth Singapore
Batting Style Right hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight arm Offbreak

Career so far

David was born in Singapore but raised in Western Australian, and has represented both countries in international cricket.

The 27-year-old has developed into one of the most sought-after T20 cricketers in the game after springing to prominence with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League in 2019.

Before that he failed to make the grade in WA state cricket and quickly turned his attention to the white-ball format.

David made his debut for Singapore in a T20 World Cup qualifier against Qatar in 2019 and went on to make 14 appearances for them.

He switched allegiance to Australia in 2022 and made his T20I debut against India on 20th September that year.

David has also shone all over the globe for various T20 franchise teams, including the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Lahore Qalandars in the PSL.

The T20 specialist

David has earned a reputation as a T20 specialist and has already shown what he can do in the shortest format of the game for Australia.

Against India in Hyderabad in 2022, David made 54 off 27 deliveries, and showed great maturity when coming into bat with Australia in trouble at 84-4.

The innings showed that he is capable of making the step up to One Day International cricket when he will be expected to hang around for longer.

David is known as a ‘finisher’, coming in to bat in the middle order to get his team over the line, but that innings against India showed he can also dig in when under the pump.

That maturity was on show again during the recent T20I against South Africa when he came into bat with Australia at 77-4, having just lost three wickets for eight runs.

David settled in to his innings with nine runs off nine deliveries, before stepping on the gas to smash 64 runs off 28 to help his side make 226-6.

Maxwell endorsement

The man he could replace in the Word Cup squad, Glenn Maxwell, has been singing his praises, and believes he has all the attributes to step in.

Maxwell has been very impressed by what he has seen so far. He has shown he can play well against spin bowlers in India and it comes as no surprise to him that David has just been added to the ODI squad.

South Africa series

David made his ODI debut in the second match of the series against South Africa, but managed just one run during Australia’s comfortable 123-run win.

He came in at six with Australia already 343-4 and not too much will be read into that performance.

David will now be hoping to get further opportunities in the remaining three matches of the ODI series.

But it is clear, David has not been included in the ODI squad as a stop-gap, and the selectors are seriously considering him for the World Cup, should Maxwell fail to prove his fitness.

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