Sydney Thunder have revealed a line-up of brothers who could dominate white-ball cricket for the next decade, with Ollie and Joel Davies playing vital roles in the Thunder’s upset win over the Scorchers on Wednesday night.
However, Australia will have to make sure to keep a close eye on the pair as they are eligible to play for the West Indies as well.
Ollie, 22, has shown his strong potential with a string of eye-catching knocks over the past few seasons, but it was maturity that came to the fore in Perth as he helped his side recover from a disastrous start by claiming 58 from 47 for. his second half-century in as many games to lead his team to a fourth straight win.
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But as well as he batted, Joel, 19, stole the show with a couple of run outs and two catches in his first BBL game after also producing a run out when he came on as a substitute in the field on New Year’s Eve.
The younger Davies brother smashed a remarkable 458 runs at an average of 114.5 as captain of the NSW under-19 team at the national carnival in December and also took eight wickets to lead his team to the title to earn a call-up to the Thunder squad. .
On his Big Bash debut in Perth, the teenager showed he’s full on the pack with a stunning fielding performance in the backyard nets.
“It was pretty exciting, we got the win and I got a couple runs, but I think the best thing about the night was Joel getting on the field and getting two sacks and two catches,” Ollie said after the game.
“I’m a bit biased here, but I think he’s one of the best fielders walking around in Australia right now.”
“No one saw him much, but a couple of runs shows that guys probably didn’t see him throw the ball. I don’t move much at the moment so it definitely covers me. He had a great night, so that’s pretty good.”
As for Ollie, he produced one of the most important innings of his young career to help his side recover after their two imports were removed by Jhye Richardson.
He hit a hat-trick ball and continued to pepper the boundary against the team he made his BBL debut against a few years back.
“I didn’t process it until I got inside and the crowd got so big. Then I remembered Rilee cutting the first ball and realized it was a hat-trick,” he said.
“Any other ball that was a long half-volley I probably would have knocked it down the ground but I just hit it.
“This was probably the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of in a Big Bash match. The atmosphere and echo that emanates from everyone here is quite overwhelming, especially when you are burning there. It’s pretty scary.
“It was probably one of my more mature innings. I usually try to hit a six a bit earlier in the innings so it was a good night.’
Davies has struck at 149.67 this season and says he will not back down from that style of cricket leading into Sunday’s Sydney derby.
“I still think that’s the best part of my game, playing aggressive cricket,” he said.
“When I’m trying to score, I’m getting into much better positions and that helps me defend and stop the strike. I’ve definitely matured a lot since that first game, but at the same time, I don’t want to take away that flair.”
Through their mum, both brothers are eligible for a Trinidadian passport and grew up supporting both Australia and the West Indies.
“I’ve always been West Indies (in the backyard),” Ollie explained.
“When I was about eight, there was a left-arm ortho (dox bowler) called Nikita Miller – I remember getting his autograph and I have it on my wide-brimmed West Indies hat. And I used to bat in it, absolutely i loved it
“I remember going to a couple of SCG games and I have a picture of me standing next to Joel Garner. He’s about three times my size. Mum also loves the West Indies, so that triggered it a bit.”
However, he is in no rush to jump.
“I dread the thought of moving states, I’d never move to Queensland or Victoria – let alone the northern beaches – so moving countries… I like cricket but I don’t think I love it enough to move countries.” to play,” Davies said.
“If something came up and they made a pretty good offer or something, you never know, but now I’m pretty determined to stay in Australia.”
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