Joshua Patrick Inglis mainly known as Josh Inglis is a 26-year-old Australian cricketer. He is known for his amazing wicketkeeping, counter-attacking, and power striking abilities. Josh has taken the cricketing world by storm after being named in Australia’s upcoming T20 World Cup squad.
The chairman of selectors George Bailey showered praise on the youngster for his performance in the white-ball cricket. Bailey lauded Josh for the attacking ability and flexibility that he provides to the team. Notably, the youngster has been directly given the slot in the marquee T20 World Cup squad without prior International cricket experience under his belt.
Our Australian men's squad for the ICC Men’s #T20WorldCup! 🇦🇺
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 19, 2021
In this article, we have a look at 5 Facts About Australia’s Uncapped Wicket-Keeper Josh Inglis
#5. Josh Inglis has got something special feels Ricky Ponting
The legendary Australian captain Ricky Ponting who is recognized as one of the greatest players to step foot into International cricket has showered praise on Josh Inglis. Ponting once stated that he believes Inglis has got something very special. Also Pointing lauded the wicketkeeper’s batting technique.
“I reckon Inglis has got something (special); He plays spin beautifully. He played Rashid Khan on his ear, so there’s that side of it. And he’s batted at the top of the order in first-class cricket for WA, so there obviously must be a good technique in behind what he can do in the white-ball stuff, ” Ponting told cricket.com.au
#4. Josh Inglis admires Sachin Tendulkar
The legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is named amongst the Greatest of All Time cricketers. Throughout his career, Sachin has inspired millions of people. The records Tendulkar has created in international cricket still seems unbreakable.
Notably, Many successful cricketers have named Tendulkar as their idol. Meanwhile, the Australian wicketkeeper admires Sachin, When he was asked about his Favourite player to watch. Josh named, Sachin Tendulkar.
#3. Josh Inglis’s FC, List A, and T20 Debut
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Inglis had a decent outing in his debut First-class match, which took place in December 2015 at Brisbane. Notably, the match was part of the West Indies tour of the Australia series. Josh Inglish scored good 44 runs in the match before getting out against West Indies skipper Jason Holder. The wicket-keeper played his first-ever List A match for Cricket Australia XI against Pakistan. Notably, that match was played in Brisbane during the Pakistan tour of Australia, January 2017.
However, that match didn’t turn out to be a good one for CA XI as they lost to Pakistan by 196 runs. In that match, Australia XI was bowled out for 138 but Josh Inglis shined as he smashed 70 runs off just 64 balls. Inglis made his Twenty20 debut in the 2017–18 Big Bash League (BBL) for Perth Scorchers on 23 December 2017 against Sydney Sixers. Also, Scorchers won that game by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining). However, the wicketkeeper-batsman didn’t get the chance to bat in that match.
#2. Josh Inglis smashed back to back 400+ runs in BBL
The wicketkeeper batter was very impressive and consistent with the bat in one of the most famous T20 leagues in the world; Big Bash League(BBL). In the 2019-20 season, Inglis smashed 405 runs in 14 games at an average of 28.92 and strike rate of 153.99 for Perth Scorchers. Meanwhile, in the 2020-21 season, he once again looked brilliant for Scorchers.
As he played 17 matches for the team and scored 413 runs at an average of 34.41 and strike rate of 140.00. Also in that season, Perth Scorchers came very close to winning the title. However, in the finals, they were defeated by Sydney Sixers by 27 runs in the final match. Notably, in the final match, Josh Inglis contributed 22 runs with the bat.
#1. Josh Inglis is the highest run-scorer in Vitality Blast, 2021 (League stage)
One of the main reasons behind Inglis getting his Australia call up for the marquee T20 World Cup without playing a single match in international cricket is his red hot form in Vitality Blast, 2021. When the league stage of the Vitality Blast ended Josh Inglis was at 531 runs in his bag.
The wicketkeeper batter smashed his runs for Leicestershire at an average of 48.27 and an exceptional strike rate of 175.82. Other than this Josh Inglis smashed two centuries and one fifty in the event.