Australia quick Billy Stanlake has revealed he felt "pretty down" on himself after his international Twenty20 debut last Friday night, but the towering fast bowler says he has quickly put the tough start behind him and is eyeing his next challenges.
It's been a rollercoaster five days for Stanlake, who went for 0-42 off his three overs in the series opener at the MCG, before being left out of the team that succumbed to a second-straight final-ball defeat in Geelong on Sunday.
Then on Monday, Stanlake received some very welcome news, picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for AUD $58,000 in the Indian Premier League Auction.
Now, the Adelaide Strikers paceman hopes to return to the Australia XI in familiar surrounds for the third and final KFC T20I at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night, with the hosts looking to restore some lost pride in the dead rubber.
"I was pretty down on myself, pretty frustrated and angry," Stanlake said at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
"But everyone around me was great and the coaches were really good to me.
"They just told me to able to put it behind me pretty quickly, which I've been able to do.
"They said ‘put it behind you, you haven't played too much cricket, just don't be too hard on yourself. Move on and get ready for the next time."
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It's been an action-packed summer for Stanlake, who overcame stress fractures to turn out for the Strikers in the KFC Big Bash League.
A call-up to Australia's ODI squad to play Pakistan followed, with the 22-year-old lining up for his country in Brisbane and Perth, before he was selected in the T20 squad to play Sri Lanka.
"Everything has happened really quickly, I haven't had time to reflect," Stanlake said.
"It was a big surprise coming into the season off stress fractures in my back.