Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg said that the hard-hitting batter Tim David should be a certain pick in the playing XI for the defending champions in the 2022 T20 World Cup Down Under. He has shown what he is capable of in T20 leagues around the world as well as for Singapore in international cricket. He also had an incredibly impactful IPL 2022 season with the bat but Australia didn’t pick him in the T20I squad for the series against Sri Lanka as well.
While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg shared why Australia cannot afford to leave him. He said: “You bring Smith up from the lower order and open the batting with him. Stoinis comes up at No.5 and Tim David comes in at No.6. Tim David, for me around the globe, is the best No.6 that you can have. He is the only player that consistently comes in in the final four overs and finds the boundary straightaway. It is a unique talent to have and Australia have got to utilize it.”
Brad Hogg also opined on Cricket Australia’s questionable rule that is stopping Tim David from being a part of the T20I squad as well. He added: “The other issue, Australia have a rule that if you’re not contracted with a first-class state team to represent Australia in T20Is. He doesn’t have that contract. Australia have got to change that rule. You can’t have a rule as stupid as that, keeping a player like him out.”
Despite winning the 2021 T20 World Cup as captain, Brad Hogg stated that Aaron Finch might be dropped from the mega event later this year. His form with the bat has been very poor and all eyes might be on him when he will play against Sri Lanka.
“If you look at the team in the final of the last T20 World Cup, I think Tim David can come in and replace Aaron Finch. Aaron Finch has been out of form for a long period of time and its unsustainable to keep him in. He has got to change that very quickly or he has got to be out of the team. You can’t carry players when you’re coming to a T20 World Cup. Finch is on notice,” Brad Hogg concluded.