Louis Cameron, at Optus Stadium, Perth
Louis Cameron, at Optus Stadium, Perth
Andrew Tye may not ever have two bigger career-defining events than the ones he had on Sunday, much less within such a remarkably short period of time of one another.
The ear-to-ear smile on Tye's face looked like it could get no bigger after the proud hometown boy claimed his maiden international five-wicket haul at Optus Stadium's inaugural match on Sunday.
But not even half an hour after the Western Australian sealed his maiden five-wicket haul in the fifth Gillette ODI, the Indian Premier League auctioneer's hammer fell with Kings XI Punjab winning a three-way bidding war for Tye's services.
The Brad Hodge-coached franchise will pay him a cool A$1.4million – seven times his reserve price – to employ the right-armer’s death-bowling skills for the seven-week tournament in April-May.
But the scenes in Bengaluru were likely completely out of Tye's mind as he snared 5-46 against England, including the prized scalp of Test skipper Joe Root, to give Australia one rare silver lining from a difficult 50-over campaign.
Having not taken a wicket in his first two ODIs earlier this series, the 31-year-old now has eight from his past two outings and admitted his relief at his breakthrough performance.
"I was a bit worried after my first two (games) but now that I've got a couple (of wickets) under my belt, I relaxed a bit and today was just awesome," Tye told Channel Nine at the innings break.
"It's sensational. I couldn't ask for anything better to open the stadium."
The late-blooming quick has largely made his name in the T20 format, collecting 53 wickets in 35 KFC Big Bash League games for Perth Scorchers at just 18.05 over the past four seasons.
But it’s been economy rate 7.21 for the Scorchers that is arguably the most impressive figure given he bowls the lion’s share of the toughest overs for the competition’s most successful club.
Tye appears equally effective in the 50-over game and selectors will likely pencil him in for Australia's next ODI tour, a five-match series against England in the United Kingdom in June.
Playing at some of the expected venues for next year's World Cup, Tye could cement his role as the side's go-to death bowler alongside the likes of first-choice speedsters Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
"He’s got really good skills, that’s why we wanted him in and playing one-day cricket," Australia captain Steve Smith said on Sunday.
"He’s something different.
"Today I thought he bowled really nicely, hit good hard lengths and bowled his change-ups. (He) did a terrific job to take five wickets.
"I heard he went quite big in the IPL as well, so good on him, he’s got a nice pay day and he’s got great skills."
Tye's major drawcard remains his 'knuckle ball', a slower delivery that he bowls by adeptly moving his fingers to the back of the ball shorly before release.
The variation is one of the most difficult balls to bowl, as it floats out at a slower speed even though the bowler's arm comes through at the same pace as a regular ball.
"It took me quite a while (to master)," said Tye. "I spent a lot of summers sitting on the couch playing with a ball in my hand."
Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey said Tye's haul in Optus Stadium's inaugural major sporting event was all the more special given he was born and raised in Perth.
"It was a great performance, it's almost as if he sensed the occasion being a WA guy," Hussey told Optus Sport's Stumps.
"He's such a good bowler at the death, that's where he really comes into his own, he's got so many great variations.
"When batsmen are trying to go at him he keeps his cool and executes under pressure and he did that really well today.
"You could see his reaction when he got that fifth wicket, how happy he was to be the first to take five wickets here at this amazing stadium."
2017-18 International Fixtures
Gillette ODI Series v England
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
First ODI England won by five wickets at the MCG
Second ODI England won by four wickets at the Gabba
Third ODI England won by 16 runs at the SCG
Fifth ODI England won by 12 runs at Optus Stadium
Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series
Australia squad: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler.
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First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Tickets
Second T20I Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets
Third T20I Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets
Fourth T20I NZ v England, Wellington, February 14
Fifth T20I NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16
Sixth T20I NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18
Final TBC, Eden Park, February 21