Young gun ‘will play for Australia very soon’
Josh Philippe will play white-ball cricket for Australia in the near future, according to Mitch Marsh.
Philippe piloted the Sydney Sixers to an eight-wicket win over Perth Scorchers on Wednesday night, finishing 81 not out from 44 balls as the hosts hauled in a target of 132 with five overs to spare.
Adam Gilchrist, David Warner, Tim Paine and Mark Waugh showered the 22-year-old with praise during the Big Bash League clash at the SCG.
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Perth captain Marsh could understand why, describing Western Australia teammate Philippe as a huge talent.
"I think we'll see him play white-ball cricket for Australia in the near future," Marsh said.
"Whether that's T20; I know Dave Warner has talked about playing less T20 internationals now, so there will certainly be a spot for him.
"With guys like him, you need to get them in and get them playing (international cricket) as quickly as possible.
"No surprise (he played so well). It's never good when it's against us .. he batted beautifully. We weren't able to put any pressure on him and force him into a poor shot."
Gilchrist highlighted Philippe's composed batting but also his glovework, including a stumping off the bowling of Steve O'Keefe.
Alex Carey is expected to be behind the wickets at the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup, which Australia is hosting.
However, Peter Handscomb was notably preferred ahead of Carey earlier this year during a T20 series in India.
"I'm not a selector anymore but if I was, I think Josh Phillipe would be high on the list to feature in white-ball cricket somewhere for Australia or Australia A," Waugh said.
Philippe, having been dropped from WA's one-day and first-class team this season, was thrilled to start the BBL with a bang and is determined to extend his hot form in Alice Springs.
The Sixers' season continues on Friday, when they face Hobart Hurricanes in the Northern Territory.
"I haven't played there. I've been there and it was extremely hot," Philippe said.
"The Hurricanes obviously have a very good side and the heat will be a challenge as well."
Philippe, who left Perth and joined the Sixers at the suggestion of Steve Smith, can't wait to bat with his mentor and lookalike later this season.
"It's really exciting. It'll be nice to see what sort of weird stuff he gets up to out in the middle," Philippe said.