Billy Stanlake of the Strikers bowls during the Big Bash League (BBL) T20 match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval.
Billy Stanlake of the Strikers bowls during the Big Bash League (BBL) T20 match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval. DAVID MARIUZ

Height makes a difference in the pace department

HOWZAT with Michael Bourke

QUEENSLAND pace bowler Billy Stanlake will debut for Australia in the 50-over a side series against Pakistan after strong performances for the Adelaide Strikers in BBL6.

Stanlake at 204cm is 1cm taller than retired Test paceman Bruce Reid who also gained steep bounce. The only taller first-class cricketer I can recall is New South Wales paceman Phil Alley who stood at 208cm.

Perth substitution

THIS week, we saw Perth Scorchers keeper Sam Whiteman substituted mid game after being hit in the helmet while batting.

Cameron Bancroft took the gloves contrary to normal cricketing rules which state players outside the starting 11 can't take the gloves.

Seems we will see a lot more substitutions in the future under the new concussion rules. Player safety is now a high priority, which is a plus.

Cahill Park challenge

THE Warwick Mitchell Shield side heads to Cahill Park on Sunday to play Lockyer on a pitch that almost has as much bounce as the WACA.

As it is a footy field and the grass is left longer, batsmen really have to earn their runs at Cahill Park. Warwick has played some good cricket in Davis Shield this season and if they put it together on Sunday and beat Lockyer, they will qualify for the grand final.

Horse tip

THE Chris Waller trained Sydney filly From Within is my tip for the Magic Millions.



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