IPL 2019: 3 Australian all-rounders to watch out for
IPL 2019 is set to begin on March 23, and the excitement levels are slowly starting to build up. All the players are gearing up for the mega event, and those include both Indian players and overseas ones.
ng the overseas players, Australians have been always an integral part of IPL. The first edition of IPL was won by Rajasthan Royals, captained by Shane Warne - the only team led by a non-Indian captain in that edition. In the past 11 editions, Australian players have bagged 5 Orange Caps, 1 Purple Cap and 4 Most Valuable Player titles.
The 12th edition of IPL has 12 Aussie players on-board, of which 11 players have already played in the previous editions of IPL. 8 players went unsold in the auction which includes big names like Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Daniel Christian.
In this article, we will look at 3 Aussie all-rounders to watch out for in this edition of IPL.
#3 Ashton Turner
Ashton Turner, 26 years old, plays for Western Australia. He is a right-handed batsman who bats in the middle order and bowls off-spin.
Turner has represented Western Australia at U-15, U17 and U-19 levels. He made his T20 international debut in 2017 against Sri Lanka, and although he couldn’t do much with the bat, he had a decent outing with the ball - picking up 3 wickets.
Turner is currently representing Perth Scorchers in the ongoing BBL, and is performing well. So far he has scored 378 runs from 13 innings, averaging 34.36 with a strike rate of 133.10. In his T20 career, he has taken 1132 runs at a strike rate of 139.75 and has picked up 17 wickets.
Turner entered the IPL auction at a base price of 50 lakh, and Rajasthan Royals bought him at that price.
In a team consisting of players like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer, it would be difficult for Turner to find a spot in the playing XI. But he will definitely have his chances once Stokes and Butler leave for their World Cup preparations.