Bryce McGain’s fairytale has been clubbed over wide long-on for six. But we don’t like to judge players on their debuts; it rarely gives a fair reflection of a player’s worth. Who’s worth 0-149 off 18 overs anyway?
Any player would be bricking it making their international debut, but consider the fact that McGain’s been working towards this for longer than most and has come further than most as well.
He’s 37 this week and he’s only played 21 first-class matches. He didn’t even turn professional until he was 35. From grade teams and second elevens to Victoria to Australia, he’s travelled further than the Littlest Hobo in these last few years. Imagine how much effort’s gone into that. Imagine how much pressure you’d put yourself under.
That said, he has been toss. When Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince are eviscerating you, you don’t WANT to take a wicket. Batsmen don’t come much more ponderous than that pair, what would a normal batsman do to you? As lead singer, Lips, says in Anvil! The Story of Anvil: “The best part is, at least things can’t get any worse.”
See this young man’s article for some reasons why, for once, you shouldn’t cheer an Aussie getting shredded.