You can count the number of Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup games he’s played on one hand, but batsman Jordan Silk is poised to have another stellar season in all three forms of domestic cricket after an off-season to remember.
Having scored two tons and a half-century for Shield premiers the Tasmanian Tigers — including a handy 108 in the final — the Glenbrook native was picked for Australia A’s tour of Britain in June and last month signed with the Sydney Sixers to play his debut season in the Big Bash League.
The 21-year-old right-handed batsman told the Gazette on Friday scoring his first runs on an overseas tour — including a healthy knock of 41 for Australia A against Gloucestershire in Bristol and 22 against Scotland in Edinburgh — was not something he’d expected to do this year.
Nor was being part of a batting line-up that included the likes of Test stars Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Philip Hughes and Brad Haddin.
“I was very surprised to get that opportunity,” Silk said.
“It was a great tour, we ended up winning all our games and having players like Haddin around with all their experience — they gave me lots of tips and ideas.
“You’d watch them on tour and hope to get to that level.”
Silk mostly opened the batting for the Tigers last season but has been trying different spots on the order in recent warm-up games against Victoria.
Flexibility could be just the tool for the revamped domestic season that opens with a one-month Ryobi Cup one-day cricket tournament played in Sydney from September 29, followed by six rounds of Sheffield Shield, the Big Bash League competition from December 21, followed by the last three Shield rounds from mid-February.
“I like the new format in the way that if you are lucky enough to get on a roll you could really pile on the runs in one competition, whereas before there were some weeks where you needed to play different forms of the game,” Silk said.
“This season is a fresh start but you’ve just got
to take things that worked really well last season and bring them forward.
“I haven’t experienced a full season of domestic cricket before so I know there’s a lot of hard work to do.”
Silk is excited about playing for the Sydney Sixers and temporarily moving back to Sydney
in time for Christmas.
“I’ve played Twenty20 cricket a lot at club level and I really like the game, but it will be a bit daunting at the beginning; playing in front of really big crowds.
“I look forward to catching up with family and friends in the Blue Mountains and the guys
at Penrith Cricket Club.
“I’m very close with [NSW paceman] Pat Cummins and he’s obviously devastated with his [back] injury, but I spoke to him recently and he remains pretty upbeat about it all.
“I’m sure he’ll get through this tough time.”