Tim David selected for ODIs against South Africa

Since more than two years ago, the hard-hitting batter hasn’t participated in a List A game.

Tim David, Australia’s T20 specialist, has earned a maiden call-up to the ODI side following his explosive show in the first T20I against South Africa on Thursday. David hammered a 28-ball 64, which included four sixes.

His inclusion in the ODI squad comes at the back of the absence of Steve Smith (wrist injury) and Glenn Maxwell (ankle injury and pending birth of his first child), who will not be a part of the side for the South Africa series. The duo has been picked in Australia’s preliminary World Cup squad and is expected to join for next month’s three-match ODI series against India.

Mitchell Marsh (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Tanveer Sangha, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, and Adam Zampa are the players who will represent Australia in one-day internationals.

David, who is 27, hasn’t participated in a List A game in nearly two years and hasn’t yet made his ODI debut. He has previously competed in five one-day tournaments for Singapore. Although he was left off of Australia’s preliminary World Cup squad, he will still have the chance to prove himself in the upcoming five-match series against South Africa.

David, one of the most potent batsmen in T20 cricket, has played in 184 T20s and 26 T20Is and has a strike rate of over 163. With only 16 List A games under his belt, he has an impressive average of 123.14 strike rates, including two centuries and five fifties.

David, who was a last-minute addition to Australia’s T20 World Cup squad last year, is anticipated to face much greater difficulty in making the 50-over World Cup squad given the presence of players like Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Cameron Green, as well as the competition for spots among the backups Josh Inglis and Marnus Labuschagne in the absence of Smith and Maxwell.

Tony Dodemaide, a selector, said, “Tim is already here for the T20 series, which offers an opportunity to see how his game can translate to the one-day format.” He will give us an additional option in that power role toward the end of an inning.