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Australia’s Tim David Receives Maiden ODI Call Ahead of World Cup 2023

Australia’s Tim David receives his maiden One Day International (ODI) call-up ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. The dynamic 27-year-old has secured his place in the Australian ODI squad for the upcoming five-match series against South Africa, scheduled to commence on September 7. Tim David’s exceptional performances in the T20 format have propelled his elevation to Australia’s ODI setup, marking a significant step in his cricketing journey.

Despite being yet to make his ODI debut for Australia, Tim David’s impactful displays in the shortest format of cricket have earned him a place in the national squad. In his 26 appearances in T20 Internationals (T20Is), David has amassed a commendable 804 runs, reflecting an average of 38.28 and a striking strike rate of 163.41.

In his recent T20I outing for Australia, Tim David wielded his bat to score a swift 64 runs off just 28 balls, contributing significantly to Australia’s comprehensive 111-run victory against South Africa. This performance underscored his value to the team and demonstrated his ability to influence the outcome of matches.

Australia’s skipper, Mitchell Marsh, recognized Tim David’s significance within the team’s dynamics, stating, “The great thing about Tim is he’s very level-headed. He knows his role in T20 cricket can be inconsistent. But his ability to win us matches is why he’s in this team and we’ve got full faith in that. I want him to play however he wants to play every game, and I know that if he does that, he’ll win us games. He’s an outstanding asset for Australian cricket.”

Tim David’s inclusion in the ODI squad holds strategic importance as Australia navigates injuries to key players like Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, who have been ruled out of the series. Selector Tony Dodemaide emphasized the value of David’s presence, particularly in reinforcing the middle-order set-up and providing an additional power-hitting option during the crucial phases of an innings.

“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 provide an extra option for us in that power role at the back end of an innings,” noted Dodemaide, highlighting the versatility and potency that David brings to the team’s arsenal.

Australia World Cup squad: Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa. (three to be omitted)

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