A few years ago, Australian cricket was desperate to unearth a world-class all-rounder that could rival Andrew Flintoff. Now we’re spoiled for choice.
Mitchell Marsh and Cameron Green are locked in a battle for the No. 6 spot in the Test side, while Marcus Stoinis has been Australia’s white-ball stalwart for nearly a decade.
Yet another all-rounder is set to be unleashed in South Africa this week — and lo and behold, he’s also West Australian.
Aaron Hardie, named in Australia’s initial World Cup squad earlier this month, is preparing to make his international debut during the upcoming white-ball tour against the Proteas.
The uncapped 24-year-old joins a glut of West Australian all-rounders in South Africa, where he will push his case for World Cup selection — and despite being a fair way down the pecking order, parachuting Hardie into Australia’s finalised squad isn’t out…