Perth Scorchers bowler Andrew Tye may never have another day much like Sunday’s against England.
After being called up at the conclusion of the Ashes to be in the ODI squad, Tye has relished in his new role within the National Team in the shorter form of the game.
Unable to grab wickets consistently, Tye managed his only three wickets in Australia’s only ODI win on Australia Day. However, on Sunday, he was able to let loose and show the nation why he was picked for the shorter form of the game, and repay the selectors’ faith.
Entering a new stadium is quite a daunting task in what was a history-making day for Western Australian sport.
With no one knowing the conditions well, the Western Australian native was as comfortable as ever, causing problems for all the Englishmen batsman.
In his 9.4 overs, Tye was able to deliver in front of his home crowd, snaring his first five-wicket haul, the first in the new Optus Stadium, claiming 5/46.
He told Channel Nine the feeling of claiming the individual accolade, “I was a bit worried after my first two [games] but now I’ve got a couple [of wickets] under my belt, I relaxed a bit and today was just awesome…It’s sensational. I couldn’t ask for anything better to open the stadium.”
However, unknown to his knowledge, Tye was being fought over by three IPL franchises for the upcoming IPL season, beginning in April.
Globally known for his variation bowling and having a great economy bowling in the powerplays, Tye was getting a little pay check.
Not only did his price exceed the minds of most, the final pay check was seven times his reserve price, finishing at AUD$1.4 million, and now being a key ingredient for Kings XI Punjab, pairing him with the likes of Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Ashwin.
After just being apart of the Perth Scorchers, hoping to once again win the BBL, Andrew Tye has elevated himself to be a world-class bowler, and will be looking to cement his spot in both limited overs squads, especially with the tour of United Kingdom beginning in the middle of the year, before next year’s World Cup.