In a remarkable debut performance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australian pacer Xavier Bartlett left an indelible mark during the first One Day International (ODI) against West Indies. The young bowler demonstrated exceptional skill and precision, making an immediate impact with his maiden international wicket in just his third delivery.
Facing West Indies opener Justin Greaves, Bartlett bowled a sublime delivery that pitched on a good length and deviated away, clipping the top of off stump. Greaves was dismissed for a mere run, showcasing Bartlett’s impressive bowling prowess. Commentators were quick to acknowledge the brilliance of Bartlett’s delivery.
Former England Women’s cricketer Isa Guha praised the perfection of the execution, while former Australian spinner Kerry O’Keeffe drew a comparison to the legendary Don Bradman, emphasizing the high quality of Bartlett’s bowling. “That could not be more perfect,” remarked Guha on Fox Cricket. “Bradman might have nicked that,” added O’Keeffe.
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Bartlett nearly secured a second breakthrough in the same over when he delivered a swinging ball to Alick Athanaze. Despite the potential for a dismissal, the Australian team chose not to review the decision. However, Hawkeye replays suggested that the decision could have been overturned had they opted for a review.
Undeterred, Bartlett didn’t have to wait long for another opportunity. In his subsequent over, he induced a feathered edge off an outswinger from Athanaze, comfortably caught by wicketkeeper Josh Inglis.
Continuing his impressive debut, Bartlett secured his third wicket of the match during the Powerplay. West Indies captain Hope attempted a wild slog, resulting in an edge safely caught by Matt Short at first slip. Bartlett’s stellar debut performance earned him accolades and showcased his promising future in international cricket.