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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

'The best since Ponting': Aussie cricket's saviour


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Amid the grim picture that is Australian Cricket lies the answer to nation’s batting woes.

“He’s the best since Ponting,” Cricket legend Kerry O’Keeffe says of 19-year-old Jason Sangha.

The emerging star knocked a brave ton for NSW against Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield on Tuesday prompting O’Keeffee to anoint Sangha as Australian cricket’s saviour, and lauding him for his flawless technique.

“(The problem is) the batting and the technique. But there is a saviour, there was one at the SCG today,” O’Keeffe said on The Back Page Live on Tuesday night.

“Jason Sangha. If he was a thoroughbred, his breeding would be Joe Root out of Virat Kohli. “He is 19 years of age, he got a 100 today, admittedly against that attack that included Matthew Wade. I don’t know about that one.

“But this is the guy who can save the Centre of Excellence, who can save the development programs. This is a player of the ages. He is the best, technically, we’ve had since (Ricky) Ponting.”

Sangha joins the list of emerging stars that the Australian cricket community is looking toward with the hope of restoring the pedigree of the gentleman’s game.

Victorian batting prodigy Will Pucovski has turned heads with his class displays in the Shield, as well as Warne reincarnate Lloyd Pope who continues to shatter domestic records.

That potential has O’Keefe licking his lips in anticipation as he called for Sangha’s consideration for the national squad.

“Jason Sangha, I would fast-track him,” he said. “He is only 19 but he has got a technique that would get him runs on most decks.

“And that’s the thing, we win at home, we got to India and England and get beaten. Why? Technically, we’re not good enough.

“We’ve got a player who’s come out of our system — Jason Sangha from Newcastle who plays for Randwick-Petersham — who can bat in the middle order as a teenager and do the job when he matures.”

Amid the grim picture that is Australian Cricket lies the answer to nation’s batting woes.

“He’s the best since Ponting,” Cricket legend Kerry O’Keeffe says of 19-year-old Jason Sangha.

The emerging star knocked a brave ton for NSW against Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield on Tuesday prompting O’Keeffee to anoint Sangha as Australian cricket’s saviour, and lauding him for his flawless technique.

“(The problem is) the batting and the technique. But there is a saviour, there was one at the SCG today,” O’Keeffe said on The Back Page Live on Tuesday night.

“Jason Sangha. If he was a thoroughbred, his breeding would be Joe Root out of Virat Kohli. “He is 19 years of age, he got a 100 today, admittedly against that attack that included Matthew Wade. I don’t know about that one.

“But this is the guy who can save the Centre of Excellence, who can save the development programs. This is a player of the ages. He is the best, technically, we’ve had since (Ricky) Ponting.”

Sangha joins the list of emerging stars that the Australian cricket community is looking toward with the hope of restoring the pedigree of the gentleman’s game.

Victorian batting prodigy Will Pucovski has turned heads with his class displays in the Shield, as well as Warne reincarnate Lloyd Pope who continues to shatter domestic records.

That potential has O’Keefe licking his lips in anticipation as he called for Sangha’s consideration for the national squad.

“Jason Sangha, I would fast-track him,” he said. “He is only 19 but he has got a technique that would get him runs on most decks.

“And that’s the thing, we win at home, we got to India and England and get beaten. Why? Technically, we’re not good enough.

“We’ve got a player who’s come out of our system — Jason Sangha from Newcastle who plays for Randwick-Petersham — who can bat in the middle order as a teenager and do the job when he matures.”

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