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Comeback man Tye set to become T20 journeyman

Source: cricbuzz.com

by SportsDiction – 21, August 2020

Australia pacer Andrew Tye has conceded that it is likely he will become a T20 journeyman going forward following his return to competitive cricket. Tye has been picked in the national side for the England tour having not played an international game in almost two years.

On a comeback trail following an elbow injury that kept him out of the game since October last year and with age also not on his side, the 34-year-old will be eyeing T20 tournaments around the globe. Following the series in England, Tye will immediately fly to the UAE to join the Rajasthan Royals for the IPL. “I could go to Canada, I could go to the South African Mzanzi Super League, there’s PSL (Pakistan Super League), there’s BPL (Bangladesh Premier League),” Tye noted.

“I think there’ll be enough cricket for me to play but then it’s just up to me in deciding what works for me.”

Tye admitted to having self-doubts on his future as a player after suffering the injury during a national team training session ahead of a T20 series at home against Sri Lanka. But with two back-to-back T20 World Cups scheduled to be held, Tye was hopeful of the selectors having a look at him once again. “I broke down on the phone crying to my partner,” Tye said. “I’d worked so hard to get back in the team and then this happened. It was a tough summer watching a lot of cricket and not playing, being frustrated at the injury which wasn’t coming along quite as quickly as it could.

“Since all that I’ve had a lot of time at home and really enjoyed it. It’s been the best preparation really, the longest time in 10 years I’ve spent at home. When I injured myself 10 months ago it was a possibility I wouldn’t get back in. I was hopeful, though, with it being back-to-back T20 World Cup years that there would still be a chance and they would give me a crack to get my spot back

“Then when all the coronavirus happened you are uncertain and you just never know, so very pumped to be back in Australia colours. My bowling feels (the) best it ever has. I have made a few slight tweaks to my action and worked pretty closely with Matt Mason this year. I have never doubted my bowling.”

The immediate goal for Tye is set to redeem himself in the country where he lost his ODI spot in 2018. England smashed the pacer for 100 runs in his nine overs in a game where they made 480 – the highest score in ODI cricket. “It was a freak of nature,” Tye said on that encounter in Nottingham. “Sometimes they happen. You don’t plan for them or foresee them coming.

“I’ve learnt my lessons from that game. I quite often get reminded of it. My last game there probably wasn’t the greatest. It’s a good challenge to come back and learn from those lessons. Hopefully, we get the better of (them) this time.”

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