Victoria has recently become a breeding ground for quicks in this country. With Peter Siddle and James Pattinson currently flying the flag in England, opportunities have been coming in thick and fast for players like Scott Boland.
Still only 24, the Victorian paceman has his best years ahead of him. And if that’s the case, then what he’s produced so far should have people getting excited.
Making his first-class debut against the Warriors, Boland was used sparingly as a third-change bowler. Yet, despite his limited involvement, he managed to remove former Australian batsman Marcus North in both innings.
The 2012/13 season started well for Boland, who picked up 4/85 against NSW at North Sydney Oval. Although it might look as if he was expensive, he was actually the most economical bowler on a ground that can end careers.
His Ryobi Cup form continued to soar with another standout performance in Victoria’s epic clash with the Redbacks.
Ina match that see-sawed for the entire 100 overs, Boland sparked a major middle-order collapse with a menacing spell of short-pitched bowling. He took five of the six wickets to fall, but couldn’t help his side avoid a narrow defeat.
The touring English Lions soon realised how good Boland was when he picked up 3/36 and 4/29 in their two limited-overs encounters.
Boland will be hoping for more opportunities in the four day arena in 2013/14. He has played just six games thus far for 15 wickets.
At the moment, Boland either hits the deck hard or pitches the ball right up. If he can find a balance between the two, he should become a regular in all three forms of the game.