Boyce travels world for one-over spell

From Chennai to Cardiff, for all of six deliveries.


That was the lengthy journey of Australia’s Twenty20 specialist spinner Cameron Boyce who was called up for Monday’s five-run loss to England in Cardiff.

Earlier this month, Boyce was with Australia A in Chennai, India, where he impressed in two fixtures against South Africa A before being flown to England to link up with the Australian team.

As he was only named in the T20 squad, he is not expected to feature in the upcoming five-match one-day series.

It’s a long way to go for a game of cricket, and would’ve felt even longer if he’d not been called on to bowl at all.

Captain Steve Smith admitted as much when asked about his decision to hold off on using Boyce until the 14th over.

By that point England’s two left-handed batsmen, Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan, were well set and starting to cut loose.

It wasn’t the ideal time to toss the ball to a young legspinner who also had the short straight boundaries of Sophia Gardens to contend with.

But if not then, then when?

“Today was quite a tough time to bowl, with two left-handers going,” Smith admitted.

“But he was over here for one game and I thought he deserved a crack, and (he) tried to get a wicket.

“It was quite hard going for him and they got him away a bit, but he’ll certainly learn from that and continue to get better.”

Things didn’t go to plan in Boyce’s solitary over, with Moeen immediately blasting him out of the attack with a barrage of two sixes and a four.

Following the 19-run over Boyce was not called on again by Smith, who instead turned to gun paceman Pat Cummins in a bid to stem the run blitz.

Despite the disappointing outing, Smith has seen enough to be encouraged by the 26-year-old’s ability and believes he remains firmly in the frame to be Australia’s primary spin option at the World Twenty20 tournament in India in March.

In Boyce’s favour is his record in the UAE last year, where he took 2-10 against Pakistan.

“When we went to Dubai, which are probably similar conditions to what we’re going to get in India for the World Cup, I thought he bowled really nicely there,” Smith said.