Regarded as one of the brightest batting prospects in Australia, particularly in limited-overs cricket, wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe is an up and coming talent ready to break into the national side any moment.
Josh was initially part of the Talented Athlete Program of Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) when he was 13 years old. Later, he played at Under-15s, Under-17s, Under-19s, and Under-23s age-level cricket for Western Australia.
Philippe made his first-class debut for Western Australia in the 2017–18 Sheffield Shield season on 16 February 2018. He further made his List A debut for Western Australia in the 2018–19 JLT One-Day Cup on 18 September 2018. He had announced himself as a top-order batsman of immense talent for the Western Australia 2nd XI when he made 88 off 92 balls against England's Test attack at the WACA in 2017-18. While his first-class average remains modest for now there were signs of consistency emerging towards the end of the 2019-2020 season. He had scored a maiden hundred in just his fifth Shield match.
Joshua Philippe was bought by the RCB for Rs. 20 lakh ahead of the 2020 edition of the league.
Philippe impressed one and all with his wicket-keeping and explosive batting at the top of the order for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.
In the recently concluded BBL campaign, Joshua was the third-highest run-getter of the tournament with 487 runs and he was also instrumental in guiding Sydney Sixers to their first BBL trophy. A ferocious wicket-keeper batsman Joshua tends to score runs briskly and aggressively. The 22-year-old has the talent and confidence to be successful in the IPL and the international scene. The youngster will get a chance to rub shoulders with the best in business like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, dale Steyn etc. and it could be a huge learning curve for him.
Josh Philippe is yet to make his international debut but the talented youngster was singled out by National coach Justin Langer earlier this year as a match-winner following a couple of eye-catching seasons with the Sydney Sixers. Josh Philippe has been selected in the 21-man squad that has been selected to play the limited over series in England post COVID-19 lockdown.
Josh Philippe was born on the 1st of June, 1997, in Subiaco, Australia. His father, Steve Philippe, is a former cricketer and has been the coach of Western Australia Women’s side from 2006 to 2011. His mother, Leanne Philippe, is also a former cricketer who used to open the batting for Western Australia in 1986-87. Josh has a twin sister named Emma Philippe. She is a professional athlete. She has also represented Australia in the World Youth Championships and World Under-20 Championships in pole vault.