With a number of injuries to South Australia’s bowling stocks, Daniel Worrall was fast-tracked into the Redbacks’ side for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.
The right-arm quick made his debut against the Tigers in the Ryobi Cup and immediately turned heads with his unique action. The seamer started out fairly well, picking up two wickets, including incumbent Australian all-rounder James Faulkner.
After losing his first ODD match in a thriller, Worrall once again tasted defeat in heartbreaking circumstances when he donned the white clothes for the first time.
Defending 402, things looked good for the Redbacks when they had the Bulls on the ropes at 8/339. Unfortunately, Ben Cutting didn’t read the script. The paceman belted 62 off just 48 deliveries. Incredibly, Worrall removed the danger man with scores level, but the Bulls edged clear with a boundary to seal a famous first innings win.
Worrall had more luck in the second innings, picking up two wickets, including Usman Khawaja.
The South Australian quick was a steady performer for the Redbacks, and picked up a wicket in four of the next five innings.
In the final Shield game of the year, Worrall picked up the big wicket of Brad Haddin for 56 as NSW slumped to be all out for 157.
He continued his good form with the ball, picking up 3/52 in the second innings off 21 overs.
With 15 wickets in his 7 appearances, Worrall appears to be a player to keep an eye on. There will be a fierce battle for spots in the South Australian side, with a number of quicks having impressive 2012/13 seasons.