Being a fast bowler in the NSW squad can have its ups and downs. On one hand, there will always be strong competition for a spot in the attack, while on the other, only three or four players will make the cut, while another five will miss out altogether.
For Josh Lalor, breaking into the NSW side has been a difficult journey. You’d think being a left-arm bowler would provide a point of difference, but when you’re competing with Mitchell Starc and Doug Bollinger, it can be a curse.
The 25 year old has made the most of his limited opportunities in the Baggy Blue cap. Five wickets in his debut match against the Warriors helped the Blues to an easy win in the Shield.
Later in 2011, the left-arm quick picked up a maiden five-for against the Tigers in a match dominated by the bat. He also dug deep with the willow, adding a crucial 29* to salvage a draw.
In his two First-class matches in 2012, Lalor took four wickets against the Tigers and picked up two wickets in each innings against the Bulls.
The uncompromising seamer has had a quiet start to his Ryobi Cup career, taking four wickets from as many appearances.
However, he did produce his finest moment for the Sydney Sixers when he clean bowled Chris Gayle at ANZ Stadium last season.
Lalor finished the season in the Futures League, where he destroyed the Bulls and Bushrangers. Twelve wickets, including 5/38 against the Vics, capped off a stellar season for the reliable quick.