The bubble quickly burst for boom batter Jake Fraser-McGurk two days after his ODI heroics for Australia in Canberra with a cheap dismissal for South Australia at the Junction Oval.
Returning to the colours in which the 21-year-old set a new world record for the fastest-ever 50-over century last October, Fraser-McGurk lasted just eight balls, hitting one boundary, before losing his wicket.
He was caught in the covers after advancing down the wicket aggressively, as is his style, against the bowling of fellow young gun Fergus O’Neill, who was last week crowned the Bradman Young Cricketer of the year at the Cricket Australia awards.
The reality check comes after Fraser-McGurk blasted 41 off 18 balls against the West Indies in Canberra, including 31 from a seven-ball onslaught which included three sixes.
It was an innings which prompted Australian cricket great Ricky Ponting to declare with confidence the batting tyro could be an all-format star for Australia, including at Test level.
Ponting compared Fraser-McGurk to batting great David Warner, who arrived on the scene as a white-ball star before going on to make more than 8000 Test runs as an opening batter
“(Fraser-McGurk) is someone that can be well and truly fast-tracked through the Australian system,” Ponting said on Wednesday
“When we saw (Warner) at the start everyone doubted whether he’s going to be good enough to play Test cricket, technically.
“But with the talent and the skill that (Warner) had – Jake has got as much talent as David had come coming through … the earlier they can get him into the system (the better).
“Get him playing and letting him work out for himself the best way to have success in all the different formats.
“When you’ve got that sort of talent, you need to be exposed to cricket at the highest level to work it out, Jake can do that.”
Fraser-McGurk blasted a 29-ball century for SA in the domestic 50-over competition late last year before a breakout Big Bash which landed him a national call-up.
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